Dear Ferguson-Florissant Families,
I want to assure you that school is in session and our students are safely in class.
I am writing to clear up rumors and misinformation that are circulating among some students and parents.
Wednesday evening a parent reported information that led administration to begin an investigation. District administrators immediately contacted Florissant police who began their investigation. Florissant police found that a student who is no longer attending McCluer North had made a threat toward the school. The student was taken into custody at home and was charged according to Missouri law. In addition, the student will face consequences according to the Student Expectation Code. The police investigation found that while the student had made a threat, the student had no means of carrying out any threat against any individual or the school. Certainly we would have preferred to communicate information earlier in the day; however, we know it is important to communicate accurately. The events surrounding that rumor continued to unfold throughout the day. Any message we would have sent earlier would have been inaccurate and misleading. As soon as we knew the facts behind the rumors, we notified parents and staff.
Yesterday afternoon the district received a report through PsstWorld regarding a rumor that a student had allegedly threatened a school shooting at McCluer North. Administration immediately began to investigate. District and building leaders met with the student and guardian and determined that there was in fact no threat made, and that there are no grounds for the rumors that have circulated. Administrators heard students say, “I didn’t hear a threat, but someone told me that someone else said that they heard.”
We take rumors and threats seriously. Please know that if you hear a rumor please contact an adult in the school or report it through our online reporting tool, www.psstworld.com. You can find a link on our school website or directly on the PsstWorld website. We will investigate fully. If we find students who spread rumors, false threats, or fear to others, those students will face consequences according to the Student Expectation Code.
As a parent, I understand how precious our children are. I also share your need to know that our children are safe at school. I know that our nation is on edge with the recent school shootings that have filled the media. We strive to communicate quickly. However, it is essential that what we report is accurate to keep you fully informed.
Please be assured that Ferguson-Florissant School District has procedures and policies in place, a well-trained and compassionate staff, and we are working diligently to provide children with a safe and high quality education.
We can do this working together.
Dr. Joseph Davis