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Massaponax principal issues letter to discourage rumors regarding violence

Massaponax High School Principal Joseph Pisani just issued the following letter to ask parents for help in discouraging students from making and spreading rumors of  violent acts.

He notes that making such threats is a violation of the county’s code of conduct.

Below is the text of the letter that is going home to parents today.

King George County schools were dealing with a similar problem recently.

Dear Parents,

We are sending this letter to provide you accurate information, to discourage rumors, and ask for your assistance. As you may be aware, there are several rumors regarding threats of violence on December 21, 2012. As with any threat, we take them seriously and are working with the law enforcement and staff to investigate and maintain campus safety. Based on our investigations with the Sheriff’s Office, these rumors are unfounded.

At this time, we have been able to track down several rumors on Facebook and Twitter and have addressed the students who were involved in starting and perpetuating these stories. It is important for students to be reminded of the potential consequences of making statements of this nature. As referenced in the Code of Student Conduct, page 6, B1 (Student Standards of Conduct), this behavior is considered disruptive to instruction and may result in disciplinary action.

We need to come together as a community of students, parents, and staff to end these rumors and disruptions of instruction. I urge you to talk with your children and impress upon them the seriousness of these actions. We appreciate your support in helping us to end the rumors.

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority, and we will continue to be vigilant and to work with the Sheriff’s Office to address these matters. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or concerns. 

A hard copy of this letter will be sent home with students.