Important Safety Reminder for Families
The District wants to take this opportunity to remind our students and families of how seriously we take all threats made to the safety of our schools - even if the remarks are meant to be jokes.
Over the weekend, Folsom police received a report that a Folsom Middle student created a social media post that threatened violence against both Folsom and Sutter middle schools. Police quickly made contact with all students involved and determined the threat was not credible and, in fact, had been intended as a joke. This happened not long after a student at Cordova High was investigated for making inappropriate comments in class on Friday, and a Folsom High student was reported for allegedly making a threat over social media last week. In all of the above cases, school and police officials have not found any credible threats to students or the schools.
The District and law enforcement can never be too cautious in these matters. Situations like these require a considerable investment of school and police resources to adequately respond to - including interviews, searches, and more - and can cause significant disruption to the learning environment.
Because we must take all reports seriously, students can face serious consequences, even if the threats are not credible. This can include suspension, expulsion, and criminal charges.
Please take a moment to talk to your children about the potential ramifications of their actions, including social media posts they may think are temporary or are only shared with friends. Please also remind your children to always report suspicious behavior or concerning comments to an adult at school, which allows us to gather and work with the best, most accurate information during an investigation.
Thank you for your continued partnership to ensure the safety and security of our students and schools.