Letter to high school parents about verbal threat

Dear Parents and Guardians,

After the end of the school day on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, a 15-year-old RCS High School student made a non-specific, verbal bomb threat in the presence of a staff member while outside the high school. We take threats seriously and collaborated with law enforcement, who visited the student’s home late yesterday afternoon. After investigating, it was determined that there was no evidence of a viable threat against any person or property.

Threats of this nature are against the District Code of Conduct and can legally be considered a terroristic threat. With the assistance of our two School Resource Officers, both the District and law enforcement have taken appropriate steps to address this this issue, including the student’s arrest. The high school crisis response team (CRT) met prior to school this morning to debrief and assess the possible impact on the students, staff, and community. An email was sent to high school staff members with information about the supports that are available to both staff and students.

Please take a moment to discuss this issue with your child. These types of terroristic threats have no place in our school or community. The consequences for making such threats may be dire. There is some relief in determining that this was not a viable threat, but the lesson that we reinforced with students today is to continue to be vigilant and to say something if they see or hear something that concerns them. If you or your child are in need of assistance, please reach out to the high school main office at 518-756-5200, ext. 2002.

Thank you,
Brian Bailey, Ed.D.
Superintendent, RCS Central Schools