February 27, 2020
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Clearly preventing school threats and violence is better than reacting to them. With this famous quote in mind, the most preventive measure our learning community can employ is to obtain information about potential threats before an individual decides or begins to take action. We continue to encourage and ask our students, staff, and community for their support by reporting concerns to an administrator or through our Safe2Say School Hotline.
As with every incident or questionable conversation reported to us, our administrative team and school resource police officers have been working intently since yesterday regarding an Instagram page that shows videos of students fighting both inside the school and off campus. While the page was just created yesterday, some of the incidents that were videotaped had occurred weeks or even months ago, and those students had already been disciplined for their conduct. This afternoon, we were able to determine who was responsible for the Instagram page; the page has now been deleted and the videos are no longer available to be seen. While we cannot explain student discipline issues further than that, we can assure you that all appropriate steps to investigate and stop this matter were taken immediately. As with every decision we make, the health, safety, and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff was our primary concern.
Students, parents and community members should use the Safe2Say Hotline to report threats of violence, suicide, bullying and illegal activity that could harm children in our schools. The hotline is administered by an independent, outside company. All communications are PRIVATE, CONFIDENTIAL, and ANONYMOUS. The Safe2Say Hotline can be accessed at 1-844-SAF2SAY, or online at www.safe2saypa.org
Our staff members at Charleroi continue to set aside time with students to listen and encourage them to be a part of the solution. We want to encourage parents and families to have these conversations at home as well. The National Association of School Psychologists published a helpful resource on Talking to Children about Violence. You can find that here.
These are certainly tough times for our schools and communities, and we know that students will follow the examples set by adults. We continue to work with our staff to assist them in doing what they can to maintain a sense of calm and reason in our schools. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me or your building principal.
Superintendent of Schools Ed Zelich