Superintendent: Second student involved in Weston Middle School threat
WESTON — A second student at Weston Middle School has been linked to threats made against the school in early May, according to officials.
“The student had no access to weapons, and students and staff were never at a safety risk,” said a letter sent by Weston Public Schools Superintendent William McKersie.
The letter, sent to families and staff on Friday, said the documents statements were threatening and are a “direct violation of Board of Education policy.”
McKersie said the Weston police were notified, and the student is “not currently in school.”
The superintendent said the second student was identified as part of an ongoing investigation of the student threat in early May. The Weston community was notified of the incident on May 1.
Weston Public Schools administrators, mental health staff, the School Resource Officers and the Weston Police Department have worked in coordination to review the situation and ensure the well-being of all staff and students.
“It is unnerving and disappointing to have another student fail to understand that threatening statements are completely inappropriate,” McKersie said.
He went on to say that threatening statements, even if they are meant as jokes, violate policies and school rules. He urged parents and guardians to work with the children to make sure they understand that words and phrases matter, and that if they see or hear something they should tell an adult.
“Weston is a caring and safe community, with strong support and protection from the Weston Police Department,” McKersie said. “Our schools have skilled educational, mental health and security professionals working tirelessly to help students and families in crisis. We cannot and will not let these situations diminish our vibrant school district.”