Safe Schools

PARENTS: We Need Your Help

When your child is getting ready to leave the house to go to school each day, 
you likely make sure he/she has lunch or lunch money, homework, projects, 
gym shoes, etc. Take your questioning a step further by asking your child to 
check pockets of coats, pants, and/or back packs to see if there is a pocket 
knife, pellet gun, sharp pointed instrument or any other object that could create 
a discipline problem at school. Our schools have had too many recent situations, 
especially at the elementary and middle school level, where students have items 
not allowed on schools campuses. Sometimes they just forgot or planned to use 
them after school, but the law is clear – having a weapon on campus, which 
includes the items previously mentioned, is a criminal offense. What happens? The 
child gets in trouble, the incident is reported to law enforcement, and the school 
system has to report the incident as a “violent act” to the State Board of Education. 
No one wins!
 
In short, please help us monitor what is brought onto a school campus. It will save 
your son or daughter problems at school and it will keep the school system and law 
enforcement from dealing with an issue that could have been avoided.
 
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