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Letter from Superintendent Monroe about BCMS student arrest

Filed in Archive, BCMS, District, District News by on March 23, 2018

The following is a letter from Superintendent Jody Monroe that was emailed to all Bethlehem Central Middle School families on Friday, March 23, 2018.

Dear BCMS Parent or Guardian:

I am writing to inform you about the arrest Thursday of a Bethlehem Central Middle School student after it was reported the student had made threats of violence against the school. The middle school contacted the police on Wednesday, March 21, after the threats were reported by other students to school officials. The Bethlehem Police and Albany County Family Court are handling this matter. The school district is cooperating with the police department in its investigation, which is ongoing.

Please know that threats of violence of any kind absolutely will not be tolerated in the Bethlehem Central School District. Any student who makes such a threat will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Our number one priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of every student, and we will take any action necessary to make sure our students feel safe at school.

As I have done in the past, I am calling on parents to have an important discussion with students about reporting any incident of threatening behavior to trusted adults. For school and community use year-round, the Bethlehem Police Department has set up a Confidential Tip Line at 518-439-1503. The tip line provides a way to report someone who may be exhibiting signs of dangerous behavior, to themselves or to others. These include suspicious activity, threatening statements, actions that are out of the ordinary or statements that are out of the ordinary.

Additionally, parents, students, and community members can always share information with any school administrator or school employee, who are trained to follow appropriate reporting protocols. If you see something or hear something, say something.

Administrators at the middle school will continue to reinforce the consequences that can occur if a student makes a threat against the school. However, it is important that this message be reinforced at home. Students need to know that these matters are serious and will be pursued as such.

We will do all that we can to work with you to ensure that a safe environment in our schools is, and always will be, our first priority.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at jmonroe@bethlehemschools.org or by phone at 518-439-7098.

Sincerely,

Jody Monroe
Superintendent of Schools