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March 1, 2018
The Marion County School District is deeply committed to the safety and security of all students and stakeholders on our campuses. It is unfortunate that we have seen a rise in school threats involving school violence on a national level. Sadly, similar threats have become a regional concern. When students make comments to friends or make posts using social media indicating acts of violence to their peers or school they attend, district and school administrative teams collaborate with our partners in law enforcement to follow-up on every report. We take all threatening comments seriously and upon investigation, we will take the appropriate disciplinary and criminal action to secure our schools and maintain an environment conducive to teaching and learning.
Examples of our commitment to safety are that our schools and buses are equipped with surveillance systems and school resource officers are assigned to schools. New camera systems are currently being installed throughout our facilities. Administrators are trained using school safety plans and communicate these plans to faculty and staff. Also, safety drills are conducted often.
The greatest resource we have in creating barriers against school violence is you, our parents and guardians. We ask that you become an active member of our safety team by having meaningful conversations with your children letting them know that threats or comments of violence are taken seriously and may result in disciplinary action. If you or your child hear of a threat, it needs to be reported to a school administrator, teacher, or law enforcement immediately. All threats and social media comments will be investigated to determine the level of threat intended and incidents will be dealt with appropriate action.
We appreciate your partnership and continued support of our efforts as we strive to provide safe and secure learning environments for our students.
Kandace Bethea, Ph. D.