An Important Update for SHS Families

An Update for Families: September 6, 2019

SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

Dear Salem High Families,

As the first week of school comes to a close, I want to thank you for helping ensure your child had the best possible start to the new school year.

There were two issues that I wanted to bring to your attention as part of our ongoing commitment to more frequent and consistent communication between our faculty and families.

The first issue serves as a critical learning opportunity for faculty, students, and families. This morning, a member of our community brought to our attention a photograph that was posted on social media. The photo showed two Salem High seniors in the possession of toy air-soft guns. Obviously, devices such as this are not allowed on campus and could look to any observer like a dangerous firearm. An assistant principal immediately notified me, and I in turn immediately partnered with the Superintendent’s office and the Salem Police Department to begin an investigation.

What we quickly discovered, and what I want to emphasize, is that no weapons were found on school property and at no point was anyone in our school community in danger.  I would like to thank members of our school community who stepped forward to report the post for their vigilance.

Social media posts that can be perceived as threatening in nature are absolutely unacceptable. Please talk to your students over the weekend about the importance of reporting any concerning behavior they may witness on social media, as well as the importance of maintaining a respectful social media presence. We value your partnership as we work together to keep our students safe and healthy.

We will continue to foster an environment where students and faculty can step forward with concerns and know that we will do everything we can to support them.

A second incident occurred earlier this week. An adult who would typically have routine and legitimate access to school grounds attempted to pose as a transfer student seeking to enroll in Salem High School. Our staff immediately intervened and a no trespass order was promptly filed by the Superintendent of Schools, which means this individual will no longer be allowed at any Salem school or on school grounds. At no point was this individual alone with students and at no point did this individual pose a threat to faculty or students.

The safety and well-being of the members of our community is our highest priority and we will continue to vigorously investigate and report any behavior that could pose a threat.

Thank you for your support.

Principal Samantha Meier

 

 

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