Dear District 6 Staff and Families,
I want to inform you of some important developments surrounding the “clown threat” incident occurring this week.
A Northridge student has taken responsibility for the social media post on Monday that initiated the “clown threats”. Administrators and police have been actively investigating this incident since it was reported. The student shared with building administration hearing about clowns planning to be at Island Grove and also conversing with a “clown” on social media. The student indicated the post was written to get attention. The student is facing criminal charges and was removed from school. District 6 disciplinary action is also being taken.
Many students cooperated in this investigation. That is essential in a situation like this. I continue to encourage students to report any activity or behavior they feel is questionable or unsafe. Allegations surrounding the “clown threats” and the fear and disruption that has resulted continues to be investigated. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to talk to an administrator. Parents, I also encourage you to have a serious conversation with your child or children about the dangers of social media and the impact of sharing unsubstantiated threats or other false information. If students see a threat on social media, they should immediately tell a trusted adult instead of sharing it with other students.
In a separate incident, a Franklin student today reported to an administrator seeing what looked like a gun in another student’s backpack while on the playground. The Greeley Police Department was called and responded immediately. The backpack and the student were located within minutes by administrators, and a CO2 BB gun located in the student’s backpack was secured. The student with the CO2 BB gun is facing criminal charges and was removed from school. District 6 disciplinary action is also being taken. The student who reported this to administration did exactly what should have been done. Upon seeing something bad it was reported to an adult immediately. This is exactly what students should do when they see something that seems unsafe.
This issue of clowns involved in threats and/or violence is a national issue. Please know there has been no confirmation of any clowns perpetrating crimes or mischief in District 6 schools or in Greeley or Evans. If you hear of this kind of activity, I urge you to check with the police to confirm. What you see on social media or hear through social contacts may be inaccurate.
These last few days have demonstrated to me how very safe our schools are. We have preventative and proactive systems in place, and staff respond professionally and quickly. We have an excellent relationship with law enforcement in Greeley and Evans. We appreciate the feedback we have received and are working on ways to get even better.
And, I appreciate our parents getting their students back in class today. It is important for students to return to normal routines, including learning and other school activities. Please let your building administrator know what else we can do to continue to support you and your students.
Deirdre Pilch, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Visitors from districts and other educational organizations are invited to join us at the University of Northern Colorado to see teachers in action! We have received national recognition for our implementation and strong results led us to design our first blended learning summit for October 13, 2016, which will feature school tours, workshops centered on our design process and a keynote speaker. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Click HERE for more information and how to register.
This week’s District 6 Student Athlete of the Week is Anna Whyrick from Greeley West High School. Anna is a junior with a 4.0 GPA and is on the Spartan’s Volleyball, Track & Swimming Teams.
Greeley-Evans School District 6 hosted its third annual School Kickoff Community Celebration on August 13 at Island Grove Regional Park, in Greeley. Through sponsorships and donations, District 6 had raised enough money to give away 2,700 backpacks filled with school supplies. A free lunch was also served for the participants, and more than 65 community booths provided activities and information for families.
Greeley-Evans School District 6 and the Board of Education commits itself to a policy of nondiscrimination and shall not discriminate in its educational, employment or hiring practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. Concern or complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees and members of the public. The following person(s) have been identified as a compliance officer for District 6:
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Citizens Academy Session (District 6 Administration Building)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Board of Education Work Session
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
8:15 AM - 10:00 AM Board of Education School Visit (Scott)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Board of Education Work Session