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From the Superintendent: Social Media Threat

From the Superintendent: Social Media Threat

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,

Late last night, it was brought to our attention that an apparent threat of school violence was posted on Snapchat this weekend by a Clarkston Junior High School student. Specifically, the student posted a photo of another CJHS student holding what appeared to be a firearm. District administration immediately contacted the Oakland County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) and an investigation was initiated today.

It has since been determined that the firearm in the photograph was an Airsoft BB gun; however, threats of school violence are taken very seriously and the situation continues to be investigated by law enforcement and Clarkston Community Schools administration. The two CJHS students involved will not be permitted on our campuses pending this investigation.

I would like to applaud the individuals who saw and reported the social media post to district administration. We tell our students and staff "If you see something, say something." This incident serves as a reminder that any suspicious or potentially threatening activity should be reported.

This is also an important reminder to talk with your children about the seriousness of making online threats (even when intended to be a joke). Any and all threats that are shared with us are reported to the police in order to ensure the absolute safety of our students and staff at all times.

Should you have questions about this incident, you may contact the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Independence Substation at 248-620-4970.

Sincerely,

Shawn Ryan
Superintendent of Schools