Dear CCUSD Families,
Late yesterday afternoon the CCHS administration became aware of a student who made criminal threats against the high school students and staff. The high school administration immediately contacted CCPD who, through initial investigation, felt that the student should be placed under arrest and detained. Due to the fact that this is a minor and still under an open investigation, the details that we are able to share are limited. However, I have included the police department statement for your reference. Additionally, please know that we take every threat seriously and we are fortunate to work collaboratively with a responsive police department whose help, support and guidance has been invaluable.
Our students’ safety is of paramount importance. I would like to thank the high school students for their bravery in coming forward and making the necessary and possibly life-saving report to the high school administration. We are part of an involved and vibrant community who are highly invested and protective of our students and our schools. If there is something that does not “feel right” or poses a threat to our students or staff, we encourage our students to say something to their parents, their teachers, their school staff or their site administrator so that we can investigate, contact the appropriate authorities and take whatever steps necessary to protect everyone.
We continue to review and implement safety practices, audit our facilities and hold drills with our school community. I also ask you to do your part within your home and community.
- Have conversations with your children about safety practices.
- Check in with your child. How are they feeling? Have you noticed changes in their behavior? Have their grades made a dramatic change? Are they isolating themselves? Has their friend group changed or has the behavior of their friends changed?
- Utilize the incredible neighborhood network that we have in our community. Have conversations with your neighbors about how you want to make sure our schools and communities are safe.
- If you own a firearm and it is in your home, please make sure that your firearm is locked and stored away from your children, regardless of their age/maturity level. The police department gives away free gun locks if you do not have one.
CCUSD and CCPD are hosting a student safety workshop on March 6th at Lin Howe Elementary School at 6:30 pm. We will be discussing the police department’s preparedness for an active shooter event and also different protocols like “Run, Hide and Fight.” This will be a great place to ask authorities about additional school safety measures. I hope to see you there.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CCPD Lt. Troy Dunlap at 310-253-6258, or me at 310-842-4220 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find attached CCPD's Press Release regarding the incident.