Parent meeting to address online predators

Parents and community members have a chance to learn more about predators and dangers facing their children in a presentation Friday evening.

The Wabaunsee Sheriff's office is sponsoring a presentation about those who exploit social media and information technology to victimize children. The program, Protecting Our Children: A Town Hall on Sexting, Sextortion, and Bullying, is a 7 p.m. Friday in the WHS auditorium.

The discussion will be lead by experts from the FBI Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Task Force and the LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center. 

Students, staff and community respond to announcement that school will close for the year

At 4 p.m. yesterday, governor Laura Kelly announced that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year.

Details about alternative learning via small groups, packets or online assignments will be figured out in the coming weeks, according to an email superintendent Brad Starnes sent to staff. “We're in uncharted waters. We want to be proactive and help our kids,” Starnes wrote.

Students, teachers and parents shared their initial response to the news.

Opinion | Wabaunsee County needs to come together after 2019 tragedies

Wabaunsee County tragically lost five of its citizens to suicide in 2019, sparking a change in the way Wabaunsee Sherrif Rob Hoskins hopes to tackle mental health awareness. 

“We had a rough couple of weeks. It was rough on my staff, it was rough on the emergency responders, it was rough on me personally, and I know the families involved, it was devastating and terrible for them. Afterwards, I felt that something needed to be done,” Hoskins said. 

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