School Officials – NBC Connecticut
Guilford school officials said a threat against people of Jewish descent at Guilford High School appears unfounded.
In a statement to parents and guardians, Superintendent Paul Freeman said the high school received an anonymous report that a student brought a gas mask to school on Thursday and made threatening statements about harming people. of Jewish origin in the community.
Freeman noted that there was no detailed information and no specific threats detailed in the report.
Guilford police were notified and on Friday the school resource officer and administrators began viewing video footage and reviewing the report. As of Friday’s end, no specific complaints or reports had been uncovered, according to the school district.
On Saturday, school officials were told the alleged threatening statements had been witnessed by students and they knew the person involved. Freeman said a photo of the person wearing a gas mask was provided to them.
Police received the new information and contacted everyone involved. The school district said it was confident all students were safe and no specific threats existed.
“When students or their parents are aware of information that they believe is related to such dangerous or intolerant language or actions, it is the responsibility of those individuals to share this information with our school administrators or the police,” a the superintendent said in the statement.
“Where specific information is known, those specifics should be shared; if not, this slows down and potentially limits the ability of Guilford Public Schools and Guilford Police to respond to such troubling events,” a- he continued.
School officials and police said they would investigate any threatening language or threats, and students who engage in such language could face disciplinary action.
“Hateful and threatening language is unacceptable in our school community and it puts us all at physical and emotional risk. No one in our schools should be confronted with intimidating or threatening statements of any kind,” Freeman said.
Freeman said incidents like this are “disturbing on many levels” and should be a reminder that there is still more to do.
He asks parents to tell their children about the incident before school tomorrow “to remind them that we can all help make our schools better and safer when it comes to confronting and stopping behaviors and language like this in Guilford”.