I received a voice message this afternoon from my daughter’s high school. Below is the text. My question is how do I send my child to school, in light of the recent school tragedies, without fear and learning to live in an uncertain world? And how is security increased at this school if all the parents are there milling around? And doesn’t mentioning them wanting our kids in school on Monday more than once just make it sound like the district is mostly afraid of losing money for the kids being absent? Discuss and tell me what you think.

Good evening, this is Xxx Xxxxx, Superintendent of Xxxxxx Unified School District. As you may have heard, three of our secondary schools have recently discovered in student restrooms written threats of school violence. All cases were immediately reported to law enforcement, who in each case, determined these to not be credible threats. I want to assure parents that our first priority in Poway Schools is student safety. As part of that priority we communicated immediately with our parents regarding the threats at these schools.

We are doing everything within our power to ensure a safe learning environment for all of our student at all of our schools.
We are confident in law enforcement¡¦s assessment that the threats are not credible. With this said, we cannot take these threats lightly. Therefore, we have increased campus security and we have worked with the local police and Sheriff’s Department to provide a safe learning environment. Both law enforcement agencies have been extremely responsive in working with the district to provide a safe learning environment for our students. It is very important that Monday is a normal day so we can focus on the important task of teaching and learning. As part of our commitment to safety, we will continue to have increased campus security in our schools and we invite our parents to be on campus throughout next week to be assured and to provide additional adult presence. We are committed to apprehending the individual or individuals who perpetrated these acts. If you have any leads, please call our anonymous hotline at XXX XXX-XXXX. We are offering a reward. We need to teach our children not to live in fear, but rather how best to live in an uncertain world. We encourage our parents to send their children to school on Monday.

PS from Vixen: Our high school was on of the schools threatened. The note on the bathroom wall said “school shooting 2marrow”, so on a side note I want to know if they are still teaching spelling in high school?