As a follow-up to our previous communication, I wanted to share that the District was made aware of a concerning social media post late Saturday night and immediately contacted the Pelham Police. The police conducted due diligence regarding this post at that time and determined that there was no imminent threat to the school. A school level investigation was initiated today and the issue is being addressed in accordance with the Code of Conduct. Since learning about the incident on Saturday, police have also continued their investigation and have confirmed their initial findings.
Unrelated incidents that occured last week and over this past weekend have been conflated with this situation and have unfortunately added to students’ fears, leading many to feel unsafe at school today. We have worked in close partnership with the police on each matter out of concern for our schools and community and addressed each incident specifically to ensure our students were safe.
We understand and share families’ concerns about this situation and take issues of school security extremely seriously. Please understand that as we continue to work through the disciplinary process, we are unable to share additional information regarding the incident.
Families should know that our school-based security team is always monitoring who is entering the buildings at any given time and we have a number of protocols in place to keep our students safe should there be an external or internal threat. Please know that if this, or any other situation had warranted activation of these protocols, we would immediately initiate a lockdown or lockout, as necessary.
As a reminder, our school counselors and clinicians are available to speak with any student should they need support. In closing, I want to reiterate that our schools and our students are safe and we look forward to seeing each of them in school tomorrow.
Cheryl H. Champ, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools