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APS encourages parents to speak with kids following students comments on school shooting

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on February 20, 2018 – 12:56 amNo Comment

Alpena Public Schools is encouraging parents and guardians to speak with their children about the seriousness of words and inappropriate comments in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida school.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, gunned down 17 students and staff and injured 14 others when he opened fire with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Since the shooting, APS has investigated multiple students at the high school and junior high for allegedly making threatening comments.  When the comments were made, school personnel and liaison officers responded immediately and appropriately in accordance with policy.  The students in these instances were removed from school pending further investigation and disciplinary action, including possible expulsion.

APS officials say that in all cases, they will enforce polices to ensure the continued safety of students and staff.

In addition to speaking with students about the words they choose, APS is encouraging parents to talk to their children about comments made in texts and on social media posts, including statements that some may consider jokes.  Comments of an inappropriate nature may be considered threats and will be investigated by law enforcement and the school district.

Students with concerns about a fellow student, or their comments, should immediately report that information to a building principal, a teacher, or another staff member.  Students can also submit a confidential tip to OK2SAY by calling 855-565-2729.

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