Good afternoon. I am writing today in response to questions we have received this morning regarding a situation that occurred at Central Intermediate School yesterday. The intention of this email is to provide factual information, in response to information that may have been shared on various social media outlets.
Yesterday morning, a report was made to our CIS administrative team that a CIS student had made a general threat (no specific person(s) were named) to a small group of other students. Our administrators were quickly able to talk to the student, verify the accuracy of the allegation, complete a threat assessment and contact the Wadsworth Police Department. While the threat was determined to not be credible, what was said was not appropriate and is being dealt with according to our school code of conduct. Our administrators contacted the parent/guardian(s) of the students we knew were involved in the situation.
We cannot disclose the general threat that was made, due to the ongoing police investigation. We cannot disclose additional details about how the situation with the student who made the comments is being handled, due to federal and state student privacy laws. I can assure you the situation is being taken seriously.
Deciding when to send a message to our entire school community is not easy and is not taken lightly. I've been asked this morning how this determination is made. When a situation involves a small group of students, has been determined to not be credible and/or is not a threat to others, has been addressed by our administrators and/or the police and the parent/guardian(s) of those involved have been contacted, we do not send out mass communications. We would be proactive and send communication to you when a threat is determined to be credible, or when we have determined a threat is not credible and has been addressed by our administrators and the police, but we are not sure of how many people may be impacted by the threat, due to things like social media. In this type of situation, giving accurate information to everyone (since we don't know who is impacted by what they saw/heard) is important.
I want to thank you for trusting us with the care of your child(ren) and partnering with us in their safety. The safety of everyone involved in our schools is our top priority; we take it very seriously.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 330-335-1300 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.