11/19/14, 9:00 PM
Dear Grizzly Families,
As I’m sure you know, we work hard to balance the privacy of students with our responsibility to let parents know of situations impacting our school community. Based on the rumors and speculation that have circulated since this afternoon's lockout, it's important that I provide additional clarity around the lockout.
Late this afternoon, we received a report that a student had told other students he had guns in his backpack. Our School Resource Officer put the school on lockout status as a precaution while the report was investigated. The delay in dismissal was the result of us determining with absolute certainty that there were no weapons in or around our school. We are all thankful that there were no guns in our building!
Our students did the right thing in reporting this safety concern! We all share the responsibility to keep our school safe. Please reinforce with your child the importance of reporting ANY safety concern to a trusted adult. Additionally, students can always report a safety concern anonymously to Safe2Tell at safe2tell.org or 1-877-542-SAFE.
Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping our school community safe. Rest assured we will ALWAYS notify you if we believe there is a reason to be concerned regarding your child’s safety! Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.
Principal, Rocky Top Middle School
11/19/14, 5:00 PM
Dear Grizzly Community,
Thank you so very much for your patience this afternoon! We were made aware of a threat at 2:13 PM and had to put the school on lockout and keep students in class until we were confident that they could be released in a safe manner. Fortunately the threat did not materialize and we were able to release our students by 2:30 PM.
I am grateful to have such an incredible staff and student body here at Rocky Top! Every student complied with the directions of the adults in the building immediately and proved to us that our continued attention to safety has paid off. Though an announcement of LOCK OUT simply indicates no one leaves or enters the building, many students put themselves in LOCK DOWN---locks, lights, out of sight!
Due to the critical timing of the threat, we needed to notify parents and guardians IMMEDIATELY since dismissal would be delayed. I realize those notifications provided very little detail however, our main priority was investigating the threat and ensuring our students' safety.
Thank you for your patience and continued support of Rocky Top!
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