We see no credible online threat of December 17 violence



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The Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent sent the following letter to parents and guardians by December 17th.

A nationwide trend threatens gun violence in schools.

Superintendent Irma D. Trosclair seeks to both allay fears and enlist the help of adults to monitor and avoid similar threats.

The letter is as follows:

Dear parents and guardians of the Lafayette school system:

LPSS is aware of a national TikTok trend threatening gun violence in schools on December 17. While there are no credible threats to any of our schools, LPSS continues to work with law enforcement to monitor social media posts and determine if they have merit.

Knowing that a bad choice or an impulsive choice can ruin a young person’s life, I would like to personally ask for your help in educating your child about the serious consequences of particular school behaviors. The following points are important to discuss with your child:

  • The term threat of violence refers to communication, whether oral, visual or written, including, but not limited to, email, letters, notes, social media posts, text messages, blogging or posting on any social network website, of any intent to kill, maim or cause grievous bodily harm to any student, employee or guest on school property or during any school activity.
  • The term terrorist threat refers to communication, whether oral, visual or written, including, but not limited to, email, letters, notes, social media posts, text messages, blogging or posting on any social networking website, any violent crime. that could reasonably cause a student, employee or guest to fear for their safety, cause the evacuation of a building or cause other serious disruption
  • All threats will be taken seriously and will result in a recommendation for deportation. This includes social media posts, written or verbal threats, or physical gestures indicating a threat (i.e. hand gestures). Any student who utters a violent threat, seriously disrupts the operation of a school, or makes people fear for their safety will continue to be held accountable and prosecuted to the extent possible.

Together with principals and teachers, I expect our schools and classrooms to remain safe and orderly learning environments. Students face serious disciplinary action for making bad choices. It’s important to remind your child that they are responsible for what they communicate – verbally or in writing, threatening or posting about other students, staff or a school.

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We have seen an increase in the number of students facing serious disciplinary action due to social media posts that violate the LPSS Code of Conduct. It is unfortunate that students are making choices that have such dire consequences. Due to the seriousness of the consequences imposed on students due to social media posts, parents are advised to monitor their child’s social media platforms. Very often, parents are not aware of the posts their child creates, participates, posts or shares.

Our number one priority is that teaching and learning take place in safe and orderly environments. Students who interfere with the proper functioning of a school or cause increased anxiety will be sanctioned accordingly.

Any type of threat should be reported immediately to school staff and law enforcement so that it can be fully investigated. Students and parents are urged to refrain from sharing information that has not been released by LPSS or law enforcement, as misinformation causes more confusion and anxiety.

Although the majority of our students regularly make wise and appropriate choices, it is our responsibility to educate everyone about the importance of making good choices and the consequences associated with making bad choices.

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Parents are strongly encouraged to have meaningful conversations with their children about appropriate school behavior so that they can stay in school. Parents who feel their child needs more social / emotional support should contact their child’s teacher, principal or school counselor.

To ensure the safety of the school, law enforcement and LPSS staff will continue to be present on school campuses and will be on alert for any inappropriate behavior.

Truly,

Irma D. Trosclair

Superintendent


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