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Stafford superintendent addresses rumors about the end of the world

Stafford Superintendent Randy Bridges just sent a letter to students and parents, regarding “unsubstantiated rumors” about the end of the world and threats of violence at schools.

Similar rumors have been rampant at schools throughout the country.

Yesterday, Stafford County Public Schools tackled some of the rumors by posting a link to these tips for talking to your children about the end of the world.

Reporter Pam Gould reported that Spotsylvania Schools Superintendent Scott Baker also sent a letter to parents.

Here is Bridges’ letter:

Dear Stafford County Families:

The school division is aware of continued rumors regarding threats of violence to our schools in relation to the supposed “end of the world” on Friday, December 21, 2012. These rumors are reportedly unfounded and national in scope but the local impact has distressed some of our students, parents, and staff.

Please be assured that the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, our school security team, and our school administrators are working together to maintain school site security and will continue to do so. Also, know that all threats that are shared with the school administration or with the Sheriff’s Office are being fully investigated.

“The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office will have an enhanced presence in all of the Stafford County Public Schools throughout the week to include Friday, December 21” states Sheriff Charles Jett. “We have received several unsubstantiated rumors of potential problems in

conjunction with the Mayan Calendar and the supposed end of the world. The Sheriff’s Office fully investigates any rumor that may affect the safety and security of any school. Our presence is to ensure students, faculties, and parents of our commitment to ensuring a safe and productive school environment.”

I ask that each of you help stop the rumors spreading throughout our community by refusing to share these rumors with others. Please do not communicate any unsubstantiated rumor. However, should you become aware of an actual threat, please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 540-658-4400.

Also, please remind your student(s) of the SCPS Student Code of Conduct Rule 7 and the disciplinary action in regard to “threats of catastrophic events, by whatever means made, regardless of intent to carry out the threat.” What may seem like a funny prank will have serious consequences. Please see www.staffordschools.net to view the Student Code of Conduct. Stafford County Public Schools will be closed December 24, 2012, through January 1, 2013, with classes resuming on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. I wish you and your family a safe holiday season.

Respectfully,

Randy Bridges, Ed.D

Superintendent

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