Hello, Students and Families.
As we’ve seen in recent weeks, our schools are not immune to the potential threats that so many other schools nationwide have been dealing with. We appreciate your heightened awareness of this issue, and we continue to encourage everyone in our school communities to report any suspicious information or activity that could impact school safety.
Threats to our schools are not harmless, and they are not funny. They take valuable resources and time from our school district and the law enforcement agencies who work with us each day to keep our schools safe. Threats cause anxiety for parents, students and staff, and they can disrupt the important work of teaching and learning. Students who make threats face consequences that linger long after the threat is made. We reiterate the Long Beach Police Department’s recent statement about such threats:
“The Long Beach Police Department takes all potential threats of violence very seriously and thoroughly investigates all reported incidents,” Chief Robert Luna said. “Making any kind of threat whether in person or online, is illegal and has serious consequences.”
Those consequences, as we also have seen in recent weeks, can include suspension, expulsion, arrest and potential prosecution under the law. Students who make threats, even as a “joke,” can quickly find themselves facing the entire range of these consequences.
We urge parents to discuss this matter with their children. In light of the senseless loss of lives in recent school shootings nationally, it is completely inappropriate and unacceptable to make threats, even as a “joke.”
We have appreciated everyone’s support during this challenging time. Again, we continue to encourage students, parents and staff to immediately report any information that could impact the safety of others. With your help, we can continue to provide safe schools and the best possible education for our students.
Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintendent of Schools