FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Good afternoon parents and community members:
We wanted to bring to your attention an article in today’s Brookings Register titled “Threat Made Against School.”
We understand the accumulation of rumors and the very recent tragedy of a school shooting in Florida may make students, parents, and the community feel a sense of unease, concern, or worry. However, we can assure you that the Brookings School District and Brookings Police Department work tirelessly to ensure the safety of all students, employees, and visitors.
We would also like to clarify a few rumors and inaccuracies regarding the February 17 incident.
- The juvenile male student identified in the newspaper article did NOT threaten to “shoot up” a Brookings school.
- Law enforcement did NOT take the student into custody.
- Law enforcement did NOT commit the student to a mental health facility.
- This case is NOT being adjudicated in juvenile court.
Counselors and social workers, along with our teachers and Student Resource Officers, provide support and care for students who may be feeling fearful or anxious. It’s important to know students have a positive outlet to express these concerns and we ask that we all work together as a community to address these concerns.
To ensure a safe learning environment, when a safety concern arises, our administrators and law enforcement officials thoroughly review the incident to determine what, if any, adjustments may be needed for the safety of our students and staff. For instance, here are some of the safety measures currently in place at the Brookings School District:
- ALL school safety reports are immediately and thoroughly reviewed by designated officials and Student Resource Officers. This policy is followed by the Brookings School District in all cases, including this case and no immediate threat was found to exist.
- ALL Staff in all of our schools are trained in safety procedures and protocols on a regular basis.
- The Brookings School District has two Brookings Police Department officers (Student Resource Officers) in the building during the school day.
- ALL staff and students participate in safety drills and scenario based drills on a regular basis.
- The Brookings Police Department and Brookings School District collaborate and review each school’s safety plans on a regular basis.
- ALL schools have ALL exterior doors locked during the school day and all individuals that enter the school must be checked in through our school security system.
- The Brookings School District remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring a safe, secure, and supportive learning environment for all students and employees.
We appreciate everyone’s vigilance and willingness to report events. That is what makes the Brookings School District and City of Brookings a special place for everyone.
On behalf of the Brookings School District, City of Brookings, and Brookings Police Department, we share the goal of maintaining safe, secure, and supportive schools in our community.
Dr. Klint Willert – Brookings School District
Jeff Weldon – City of Brookings
David Erickson – Brookings Police Chief