Floyd Schools: ‘Threat of violence’ received at Pepperell Middle School; extra officers on duty. ‘We plan on a normal and safe day.’

Floyd Schools: ‘Threat of violence’ received at Pepperell Middle School; extra officers on duty. ‘We plan on a normal and safe day.’

 

Pepperell Middle School. Courtesy: Floyd County Schools
And as if Floyd County Schools hasn’t had enough to deal with this week, a security threat has proven unfounded at Pepperell Middle School. Here’s the notice sent to parents on Friday morning:
“Good morning. This is Becky McCoy, principal of Pepperell Middle School. The safety and security of our students and employees is our top priority. We care about your children, and that care guides everything we do each day.
Information was brought to the attention of the school administration regarding a threat of violence at Pepperell Middle School. I, along with Assistant Principal Mike House and County Safety Director Rick Flanigen, began to investigate all available information. Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson and Floyd County Police Officers were notified and all information that was brought to our attention was followed up on.
“We plan on a normal and safe day at Pepperell  Middle School today and in the coming days. However, we will have additional Police Officers on campus today to help ensure student and staff safety.
“We hope you will use this as a teachable moment when speaking with your children. Making a threat of violence is not a joke — it will lead to disciplinary action and potentially criminal prosecution.  When students hear a rumor, they need to immediately report it to the school administration or Officer Roberts instead of posting it on social media, which can hinder an investigation. Working together we can maintain an environment where students are free to focus on learning.
“Providing a safe and secure learning environment is of top priority to Floyd County Schools and we take these incidents very seriously. Security measures are in place to help maintain a safe campus and law enforcement in the person of our SRO will be present on campus today. “
Thank you.
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