Good morning Columbus. What you need to know — more disruption at Columbus East, a string of school threats, North swimmers headed to state, dance brings attention to dating violence

Greetings Columbus:

We’ve got another day of disruption at Columbus East High School.

On Monday, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Superintendent Jim Roberts addressed the issue of making students as safe as possible. Story here.

On Tuesday, he was confronted with a threat at Columbus East High School. Story here.

This morning, Columbus East High School was evacuated after a fire alarm went off at the school, although there was no fire. Story here.

Sadly, there is a hauntingly familiar similarity to the statements schools across the state and nation have had to issue in the past few days.

This was the statement issued by the school district after Tuesday’s incident —

But we are not alone. This came on Monday from New Albany-Floyd County schools.

Hauser tweeted this today —

In Kentucky, Bullitt County Public Schools sent out this statement, directly talking to parents about their children’s social media activities —

bullitt county schools

Carmel Clay schools also urged parents to talk to their children —

This is where we are.

We are following up on the incidents at Columbus East.

Here’s what else you need to know —

Know this: No tolerance for violence.
Up to 600 area students are set to have fun and get some important lessons at this weekend’s Dance Marathon.

“These students are making a statement that they have no tolerance for dating violence in our community and want a safe and nurturing community. It’s a matter of awareness, and after awareness comes prevention. And I think that’s the important piece that we’re trying to get across to these young people.” — Lisa Shafran, president of Turning Point Domestic Violence Services

All the details here.

Three companies. Three investments. Three tax breaks.
Cintas Corp., Rightway Fasteners and Tipton Mills Foods are expanding. The Columbus City Council gave each of them some assistance Tuesday night. Thursday’s Republic.

These North swimmers are headed to state.
Where was Bull Dog Nick Green when he found out he would be competing at in the 500-yard freestyle? Click here to find out.

Evangelist, counselor to presidents dies.
The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. Story here.

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