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Statement on arrests of BCHS students making threats

Filed in District by on March 17, 2017

The following message was emailed to all district parents by Superintendent Jody Monroe


Dear Parent:

I am writing to inform you about the arrests today of two Bethlehem Central High School students by Bethlehem Police after it was reported the two had allegedly made remarks on social media threatening violence at the school. Last week, a third student was arrested for allegedly making a similar threat. Though these incidents were unrelated and in each circumstance police determined there was no imminent threat of violence, I am calling on parents, particularly in high school and middle school, to have an important discussion with students this weekend about using good judgment.

We have seen examples of students using good judgment in reporting these incidents to trusted adults. This morning, a student reported a conversation reportedly posted on Facebook to one of our high school hall principals. The hall principal notified the School Resource Officer immediately and the school and the police department commenced simultaneous investigations.

These two students were both charged with one felony count of Making a Terroristic Threat, and referred to the Albany County Probation Department. A copy of the police press release can be viewed here http://www.townofbethlehem.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=597

The school district, in its investigation, will follow disciplinary procedures in accordance with the school’s code of conduct.

Administrators at the high school have been meeting with high school students to explain the consequences that can occur if you make a threat against the school. However, it is important that this message be reinforced at home. Students need to know that it is never acceptable to even joke about threatening a school and that these matters are serious and will be pursued as such.

At the same time, please let your child(ren) know that if they see or hear of any type of threatening language suggesting violence against the school or other students to report it immediately.

We must work together to assure our students that maintaining a safe environment in our schools is, and always will be, our first priority.

As always, thank you for your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions, please reach out me to me at jmonroe@bcsd.neric.org or by phone at 439-7098.

Sincerely,

Jody Monroe