Bakersfield School District to resume classes with additional security measures

The Bakersfield R-IV School District is seeking to ease the minds of its students and the community after a recent threat against the campus. Superintendent Dr. Amy Britt says classes will be in session Monday with additional security measures.

Dr. Britt says school officials were made aware Friday morning of a single verbal threat directed at the school from off campus. She says school officials immediately notified law enforcement and followed school protocol. There were reportedly no weapons on school property and no imminent threat to student or staff safety.

Dr. Britt went on to say the district cannot comment on individual student discipline, although Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed identified 19-year-old Derek Beavers as the suspect after he was taken into custody Friday evening. She adds all threats are taken seriously, and all necessary steps are taken to keep students and staff safe. Dr. Britt says the district is fully cooperating with law enforcement who is handling the investigation forward.

In addition to the security measures, Bakersfield will also have counselors from area schools available to assist students and staff. Dr. Britt says student well-being is the district's first priority as they look to provide a safe learning environment.

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