In the wake of 17 lost lives on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., some Westfield parents raised concerns when they heard rumors of a Westfield Middle School student bringing a knife to school on Feb. 19.
Due to the student being a minor, Westfield Washington Schools didn’t release specifics on any student or clarify the alleged incident, but did state no one was harmed at school that day.
WWS released the following statement:
“We want to reassure our Rocks Family that the safety of our students is our number one priority at all times. We have policies and procedures in place which educate students and staff on what to do in the event of an emergency and we follow all state guidelines and mandates for emergency drills and activities. We work closely with first responders at the local, county and state level to ensure the safety of all those on our campuses and in our buildings.
“Please know, we feel confident with our safety measures and vow to continuously strive to provide the safest environment possible for our students and staff. As always, if you have comments or concerns about our safety measures, please feel free to contact your child’s school directly and they can provide additional information.”
Just a city away, police arrested two Carmel High School students Feb. 19 for making gun violence threats on social media. The names were not released of those juveniles, though the students were both male. The threats were made on Snapchat. For more on that story, visit youarecurrent.com/2018/02/20/2-carmel-high-school-students-arrested-for-gun-violence-threats/.