Razor blades on playground prompt schools into action

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Muscogee County Schools were also put on alert with news of the razor blades at Lakebottom Park.

This is a community playground, but students in the Muscogee County School District also use the park. We're told kids from St. Elmo school will sometimes go down there for recess, and several schools in the area plan field trip lunches there.

When the school district found out about a potential hazard, they jumped into action by warning administrators.

Valerie Fuller with the Muscogee County School District told News Leader Nine, "We were notified through our operations and facilities department. A message came in from Parks and Recreation and Columbus police. At that time, once we got the notification, we contacted the schools via Connect-ED to let them know to check their playgrounds and athletic equipment."

Principals and administrators all over Muscogee County received the message from the school district saying, "We were just notified that Columbus police reportedly found razor blades taped to the playground equipment in Lakebottom Park. Staff is being asked to check playgrounds outside activity equipment as a result of this report."

"We've had no reports from any schools in reference to that, so kids and students are safe," said Fuller.

River Road Elementary School had a field trip lunch planned at the park, but another Connect-ED message was sent to parents at that school, informing them the children never stepped off the bus and were re-routed back to school.

Martin Luther King Elementary also had a field trip in the area, but the playground was cleaned and teachers had the "okay" to continue the trip.

"We're grateful no one was hurt. We're grateful our communication system works and we were able to contact our schools just as a safety precaution to make sure everyone knew what was happening while it was happening and to check their schools," Fuller added.

The good news is this threat was caught early, and no children were injured. This shows how quickly the police and school district can react to make sure everyone is out of harm's way.

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