Good evening West Shore Students, Staff, Parents, and Community,
March 1, 2018 - As you will see in the attached press release from New Cumberland Borough Police Department, a serious incident involving threats made by a New Cumberland Middle School student occurred this afternoon. The District takes any threat to our security and the safety of our students, staff, and visitors very seriously, and in response, we immediately contacted law enforcement to investigate the threat. We would like to thank New Cumberland Borough Police Department and all other law enforcement agencies for their swift response.
Over the course of the last week, we have sent numerous messages regarding school safety. Some of the incidents were credible; some of them were not, but in each instance, we have followed our established protocols for dealing with critical incidents and worked closely with law enforcement to ensure everyone’s safety. These incidents have been met with an appropriate school response, including but not limited to, suspension, mental health assessments, and in some cases, serious legal ramifications.
We understand that feeling safe is a critical component to ensure learning can occur. Let me assure you that we treat the safety of our students, staff, and visitors to our schools with the highest importance! Please trust that we are prepared to respond to any potential risk to anyone’s safety, and if there is ever a credible threat against our schools, we will take a swift and appropriate response.
Recent national and local incidents have caused a range of emotions including anger, fear, anxiety, and stress. I have included a link to information about talking to children about violence that you may find helpful. In addition to the support you provide at home, our schools are full of caring adults who think of your children as their own!