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Safety No. 1 concern at high school

Sheila Gardner

MINDEN – Principal Marty Swisher said Monday student and staff safety is his most important responsibility at Douglas High School.

“The No. 1 job I have is to make sure the school is safe and secure,” he said.

In light of recent national incidents of violence and last week’s arrest of a DHS student for making threats, Swisher said he relies on students and staff to make the campus safe.

“Anytime we get information about something not right at the school, we’re duty-bound to act on it right away,” Swisher said.

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Criminal charges were filed recently against two adults who showed up on campus in separate incidents.

Charles Edward Moe, 43, of Idaho Springs, Colo., was charged with trespassing, loitering or nuisance on school grounds with a dangerous weapon.

Moe was arrested Aug. 29 after school staff asked why he was roaming the commons.

He claimed to be a 1977 graduate and said he wanted to look around the campus.

Deputies searched his car and found a knife on the floorboard next to the driver’s seat, and a butcher knife between the driver and the front passenger’s seat.

Two more knives were found in the trunk along with a safe containing $1,650 that belonged to Moe.

He is to appear in East Fork Justice Court on Oct. 11.

Bradley Coushman, 22, was arrested Sept. 11 after he tried to enroll with an altered passport. He was charged with possession of a document to establish false identification, a felony.

At the time of his arrest, Coushman was living with his grandparents in Topaz Ranch Estates. He told a judge Monday he’s living in San Francisco.

He is to appear in East Fork Justice Court on Oct. 18.

Both suspects were arrested after school staff contacted authorities.

“I want to compliment our staff,” Swisher said. “They are so diligent, especially checking who’s on campus, why they are on campus. Having (Deputy) Greg Shields here is a big help. He handles things in a very professional manner.”

District policy requires all campus visitors to sign in at the office.

“We need people to sign in at the office so we know who’s on campus,” Swisher said.

“With Deputy Shields and our staff, we emphasize anyone you don’t know, go ask who they are and why they are here. Get them to the office so we can assist them. Sometimes they’re lost or looking for directions. We rarely have people on campus who have some kind of ulterior motive,” he said.


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