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Message to ACS Parents

Message to ACS Parents
Posted on 01/09/2019
ACS Parents,

We wanted to update you on our investigation into the reported threat made to Arlington High School. After interviewing several students, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and school officials determined the threat was a prank.

During our investigation, we discovered that a lunchroom conversation was mischaracterized and made into an alleged threat. A student then anonymously - on a personal device – told other students that a classmate was going to shoot the school.

A concerned student then forwarded the information to a parent, who, in turn, posted it on Facebook. Although we have not been able to identify the student who sent the false information, investigators concluded that no threat exists to students or staff. The named student was also cleared of any wrongdoing.

This situation highlights the importance of immediate reporting. We implore all students who know of or receive purported threats to immediately contact school administrators and law enforcement. Please speak to your children about this process. It’s imperative we have the cooperation of everyone to keep our schools safe.

Additionally, reporting a false threat is against school policy. Anyone caught doing so will be disciplined in accordance with school policy and could be subject to criminal prosecution.

As always, we invite you to contact school administrators directly should you have additional questions or concerns. Our top priority is providing a safe and welcoming environment at AHS, and we’re thankful to have your support.

Sincerely,
Arlington Community Schools