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Message from the Superintendent re: Threats of School Violence

Dear Shelby County Families,

Shelby County Public Schools, along with the Sheriff’s Department, investigated a social media post made by a student over the weekend. The investigation did not reveal a threat or a specific threat hoax.
As I have watched our community and others recently, I have come to the conclusion that there is a need for clear guidance regarding threats of school violence.
My guidance is as follows:

     * All threats will be taken seriously and investigated. Charges will be filed against adults and/or juveniles engaging in threats.

     * Any false threats or jokes about threats will be addressed as if they are real. Criminal charges will be filed if false threats are made.

     * Students who hear threats should report the threat to school administration or to law enforcement.

     * Posting hearsay about threats is not reporting. In fact, every time this happens and the one who posted the message does not report to school administrators or the police, many valuable hours are lost as we investigate to find the source.

     * Parents, notify school administrators or the police if you hear or see threats on social media and teach your children to do the same.

     * Parents, monitor the social media behavior of your children.

You have entrusted your greatest treasure to us, and we take that trust seriously. Together, we will keep our entire Shelby County family safe.



James Neihof, Ed.D.
Superintendent - Shelby County Public Schools