Rumors of a Warren County High School student bringing a gun to school Monday morning are false, says Director of Schools Dr. Grant Swallows.
“There was not a gun brought to school. Rumors of violence on campus were unsubstantiated,” said Swallows. “As with any report of potential violence, law enforcement and school personnel thoroughly investigate all details and determine the credibility of a threat. I want to take the time to thank our law enforcement partners, particularly our SROs, for their involvement in that process.”
The incident began Friday afternoon when many students had checked out of school for the Homecoming Parade. A few students still at school gathered to share their perceptions of bullying, racism and other topics related to students at WCHS.
Said Swal-lows, “First, some actions taken during this gathering were inappropriate and once discovered were addressed.
Second, the message shared by students is one that is prevalent in our society, but one of which Warren County Schools takes very seriously. Third, since this event there have been several steps taken to offer corrective action, as well as educate our students about the appropriate steps to share concerns and get help.”
After that incident on Friday afternoon, talk intensified over the weekend on social media to the point where there were rumors a gun might be brought to school Monday.
High school parents were notified through the school system’s automated email and phone call system that the Monday morning threat was not valid.
The message said, “We have received concerns related to a threat made on campus. Those allegations are unfounded at this time and everyone is working together to handle the situation. Students are in class and our day is proceeding as normal. Our No. 1 priority is the safety of our students and staff and we appreciate everyone working to accomplish it.”
Despite efforts from school officials, there are still instances where bullying and racism occur, just as in all of society. Swallows pointed out Warren County School System has implemented procedures where all students and employees can appropriately voice their concerns.
“First, students are encouraged to report any wrongdoing to an adult immediately,” said Swallows. “Our staff has several tools they can use in order to help. If a student feels uncomfortable reporting, our district has an anonymous reporting tool called “StopIt.”
This app is free to download and allows students to share details with our administrators so that they can help. We also have bullying and harassment investigators in each school that will respond to all reports of these situations. Specifically, at Warren County High School we have a student organization that has the sole purpose of promoting respect for one another. I would encourage any student that feels passionate about making a difference in this area to seek information and join.”