September 15, 2019
Dear Richmond Community:
In an effort to remain as transparent as possible, we feel it necessary to inform you on an incident that occurred this evening.
A Richmond High School student made a verbal threat on Snapchat this evening and a number of students/parents reported it to the administration and police department. The Richmond Police Department went immediately to the student’s house and began their investigation. This student will not be allowed to return to school until further notice. At no time was there any immediate danger to students or faculty as all were at home. We have procedures in place that allow us to quickly look into any threat made to protect our community. I want to thank the Richmond Police Department for looking into the matter. While the student did have air soft guns, it is completely unacceptable to make a joke regarding the safety of our schools.
We will have a staff meeting tomorrow morning for faculty to debrief and have supports for any students as well, through our guidance, administrators and social workers if needed. I want to stress there is no safety risk to our children and faculty and we will have school tomorrow.
Thank you to the students/parents that reported this. Thank you to the Richmond Police Department and administrative team. We all work together to keep our children and schools safe.
Dr. Cheri Towle
Superintendent of Schools