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The Perham-Dent School District is one step closer to hiring a new high school principal. The names of the four finalists, chosen from a group of 40 applicants, were re-leased this week after an application screening process. The district is looking for someone with strong communication skills who is able to constantly strive for improvement in student achievements, said Superintendent Tamara Uselman. Finalists include Jamie Bente of Lakeville, Minn.; Jill Sabol of Victoria, Minn.; Ehren Zimmerman and John Hamann, both of Fergus Falls, Minn.
One by one, Perham high school students filed out of Friday morning's assembly honoring 16-year-old Tabitha Belmonte, pausing only to wipe away tears or to comfort grieving classmates. Belmonte was killed in Monday night's murder-suicide near Amor. On their way out of the assembly, students dropped dollar bills in a box decorated with photos of Belmonte and her 7-month-old daughter left behind, Emma Cox.
Recently released 911 transcripts show Dylan Cox was gasping for air after he shot his 16-year-old girlfriend and turned the gun on himself at his home near Amor on the evening of March 21. Records show the call was made at 9:08 p.m. from 30811 Twin Lakes Road by Cox's mother, who indicated that her son had a gunshot wound to the temple and had a gun in his hand. She initially said her son was dead, but later indicated that he was still breathing. Transcripts show that Tabitha Belmonte, Cox's girlfriend and mother of their 7-month-old child, was already dead from a gunshot wound.
Perham students are preparing to say goodbye to a friend they never expected to lose. To honor Tabitha Belmonte, a sophomore Perham student who died Monday evening in a murder-suicide near Amor, friends of the 16-year-old are organizing a candlelight vigil, to be held at 9 p.m. tonight on the high school's front lawn. School administrators are inviting a law enforcement official to address the student body at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning to clear up any rumors that may be circulating, said Perham-Dent Superintendent Tamara Uselman.
The Perham-Dent School District is one step closer to hiring a new high school principal. The names of the four finalists, chosen from a group of 40 applicants, were released this week after an application screening process. Finalists include Jamie Bente of Lakeville, Minn.; Jill Sabol of Victoria, Minn.; Ehren Zimmerman and John Hamann, both of Fergus Falls, Minn. Finalists will be interviewed from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 28. The final recommended candidate will be up for approval by the school board at a special meeting at 5 p.m.
An 18-year-old Washington man has been arrested after leaving threatening voicemails Monday evening on Perham's Prairie Wind Middle School answering machine, according to the Perham Police Department. The man was identified by Perham police after the phone number -- initially blocked -- was traced back to a man residing in Washington state, who was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge of telephone harassment. The call was made to the school at 10:16 p.m. and was discovered by school officials Tuesday morning.
Perham schools received a terroristic threat on a middle school answering machine Tuesday morning, prompting school officials to carry on with a lockdown already in place. The lockdown was initially put in place in response to the death of a 16-year-old student, who died of a gunshot wound Monday evening at a home near Amor. Superintendent Tamara Uselman said she received word of the threatening voicemail late Tuesday morning - after the lockdown was already in place - and contacted the Perham Police Department.
Perham students and teachers are struggling to deal with the death of a 16-year-old female sophomore who died in a murder-suicide Monday evening. Tabitha Lee Belmonte was found dead Monday evening after Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call that two juveniles had been shot at a home located at 30811 Twin Lake Road near Amor.