In light of the current climate of public schools across the nation I would like to take the time to address some issues and share my thoughts on the safety and security of our school system.
First and foremost, I will continue to work closely with local law enforcement on all matters pertaining to the security of our campuses including requesting home checks of students that make threatening statements or post threats to school safety in any medium, whether it is verbally, electronically or otherwise.
We take all such incidents with extreme seriousness. If at any time we determine there is any question as to our students’ or employees’ safety we will take the necessary actions, including closing schools.
As parents and guardians, I ask that you talk to your family about the seriousness of making threatening remarks, talk about the inappropriateness of ever bullying or harassing others, and report your concerns to your school administrators.
Social media is not the best method for learning the truth in these situations.
If an incident of a threatening nature does occur the system will not share individual student information with others and the situation will be dealt with in accordance with the law and/or school system policy.
Students found in violation of policies related to school security will receive due process and severe consequences will be administered.
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As superintendent I strive to treat each student as I would want my children or grandchildren treated. Therefore, I encourage all to stop and consider in these cases what would you want if the student making such statements happened to be your child.
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