Saugatuck Middle School Student Sends Social Media Threat To Fellow Student
Two days before the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, Saugatuck Public Schools’ district officials say they took immediate action after becoming aware that one of their own students, an 11-year old male, used social media to threaten a fellow student, a female.
The incident did not occur on school grounds, nor during school time; it was over the weekend prior to Monday, Feb. 12.
The names of the students are not being reported by The Local Observer as they minors.
“I want to be clear that this was not a threat to the school; it was something that occurred between two students outside of school,” Saugatuck Public Schools Superintendent Tim Travis told The Local Observer newspaper Wednesday morning.
“In light of recent events—in Florida—we are doing everything we can to keep our students safe,” said Travis.
“It (the social media threat) involved an individual against another in an incident outside of school, but we are aware it could affect what happens during school time. Affected parents were contacted to make sure everyone is safe and continues to be safe,” noted Travis.
The district contacted the local police to look into the issue and also disciplined the student, who attends Saugatuck Middle School.
“We were approached by another student about the matter and we thanked them for coming forward,” he said.
Travis did not go into details about the occurrence, but did note, “It was threatening in nature that I can confirm.”
He said the alleged perpetrator carried out the act using a smartphone app to directly send a threatening video to the victim.
“It (the video content) was very non-specific, but definitely something that warranted further investigation and that is why we contacted the local police.
“We continue to monitor the situation with both parties involved and their parents,” said Travis.
Asked if the district has a policy to address incidents where students threaten others using social media, Travis said, “The school has the authority to contact local law enforcement to investigate.”