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District officials react to threatening text message

Filed in Archive by on March 9, 2017

The following message was emailed on Thursday, March 9 to all Bethlehem Central High School parents:

Officials from the Bethlehem Central School District say the police are investigating an incident in which a Bethlehem Central High School student allegedly sent a text message to a group of students asking, “Who wants to shoot up the school?”

BCHS interim principal Michael Klugman learned of the student’s text message early Thursday morning, March 9, after being contacted by a parent of another student who saw the text. Principal Klugman took immediate action prior to the start of school and followed disciplinary procedures in accordance with the school’s code of conduct. The student was not in school on Thursday.

“We want to assure our students, staff and families that maintaining a safe environment in our schools is always our first priority,” said Superintendent Jody Monroe.

“We consistently ask students that if they see something to say something,” she said. “We are thankful that we have many students who make smart choices in seeking out a trusted adult when they feel threatened or confused. These students are role models and are to be commended.”

Superintendent Monroe said the district is working closely with the Bethlehem Police Department as it investigates the incident.

Monroe said the district will also be working with the School Resource Officer to address the issue in the coming days.

“With the help of Detective Chad Rice and our school administrators, we will be meeting with high school students to explain the consequences that can occur if you make a threat against the school,” she said.

She also suggested parents should speak with their children about the importance of reporting any message that could be interpreted as threats on social media platforms or in text messages.

“Students need to know that it is never acceptable to even joke about threatening a school,” Monroe said. “These are serious matters and they will be pursued as such.”​