Dear Parents & Guardians,
I am writing to update you on the recent social media posts regarding an alleged threat to student and staff safety at our schools. The Lambton Kent District School Board takes all alleged threats to students and staff safety seriously and have responded accordingly to ensure student and staff safety.
We have been working with local police and other school boards throughout the week, upon notification of this situation. The investigation determined this social media post is related to a school in a different school board district; however, we understand the unsettling nature of the dissemination of these social media posts in our local community. The inappropriate distribution of such information also has a direct impact on our school climate and student achievement.
It is concerning that our
staff, students and broader community have been victimized by these social
media posts alleging threats of violence. As always, these types of situations
will be fully investigated and disciplinary action will be taken as necessary.
This may include suspension and/or expulsion. To be clear, the Lambton Kent
District School Board takes the safety of our students and staff seriously and
any inappropriate use of social media while on or off school property, either
during the school day or outside it, that has a negative impact on school
climate will be dealt with accordingly.
We appreciate the support of our local police services in these investigations. Moving forward, we encourage parents and guardians to have ongoing conversations with their children about personal safety strategies and responsible digital citizenship. In addition, our teachers address the topic of personal safety with our students in age-appropriate ways as part of the Ontario curriculum.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school principal.
I encourage you to read the following media releases from Chatham-Kent Police Service and Sarnia Police Service for further information about this topic.
Chatham-Kent Police Service: http://ckpolice.com/school-threats-on-social-media/
Sarnia Police Service: http://www.sarniapolice.com/social-media-post-causes-concern/
We appreciate your support and encourage you to be vigilant. Should you see or hear anything that causes you concern, please report it to the police. We believe in working collaboratively to ensure a safe and caring learning environment for all.
Director of Education
Lambton Kent District School Board
Download a PDF copy of Director Costello's letter: April6_LKDSB_Directors_Letter.pdf