As the school year begins, I want to address the issue of social media and, in particular, threatening or concerning information that is sometimes shared online. Unfortunately, non-specific social media threats have caused panic in many school districts across the state and nation. We are asking families to work with us and share information that is concerning when you see it, but also to be the voice of reason when it comes to social media.
Specifically, please note the following points:
- Student safety is our top priority, and we have many plans and procedures in place to support this.
- If you come across any information that is concerning to you, please contact the principal of the school or a district administrator instead of reposting or sharing on social media. Contact information for our administrators
- If presented with a threat, the district will work together with law enforcement to assess it. While the district takes any threat against the school, staff or students seriously, it will not be possible or productive for the district to refute every rumor that social media has to offer.
I also want to emphasize that if you come across anything on social media related to our schools that you have questions or concerns about, please contact us rather than speculating or otherwise sharing information that may not be accurate. We are here to help.
Social media can be a great tool to bring people together and share information. Unfortunately, people also sometimes use it to scare others or cause alarm. The best tools we have to address this are genuine, personal interactions and problem-solving.
If we work together, we can help avoid unnecessary concerns and make this a great year for our kids and community.
Thank you for your help and partnership,
Cosimo Tangorra, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools