Dimond High to host Monday meeting on shooting threats
Dimond High School parents have been invited to a meeting Monday evening regarding threats of a school shooting made in graffiti last week, as classes prepare to resume under extensive precautions Tuesday.
Students and parents had criticized the school’s response to messages written on a bathroom at the school, including one that said, “I’m shooting up the school, I’m not joking.”
According to Anchorage School District spokeswoman Catherine Esary, school principal Tina Johnson-Harris sent a Sunday message to parents inviting them to the school’s Auditeria at 5:30 p.m. Monday as students stay home for the Veterans Day holiday. The message said Dimond High faculty, as well as ASD and Anchorage Police Department officials, will be on hand to answer questions “about how we will continue to work collaboratively for the safety of our students.”
“In the event you are not able to attend the meeting, please be assured that we are diligently working to ensure families and students have a solid sense of safety in returning to school,” Johnson-Harris wrote. “There will continue to be an increased School Resource Officer (SRO) presence on campus, limited hall passes, and limited access to upstairs restrooms. Even given the limited hallway movement outside of classes, learning will continue for our students.”
Esary said no new details on the graffiti were set to be unveiled at the meeting.
"It's more an opportunity for the principal just to meet with the parents, just to lay out one-on-one the plans for tomorrow," Esary said. "She wants to hear their concerns and respond to them."
In a statement released by APD spokesperson Kendra Doshier, she said police take matters like these seriously and they're continuing to investigate:
"We understand there are still many concerns regarding the threats made at Dimond High last week. When there is a posed or perceived threat that involves our children, anxieties are understandably heightened. We cannot stress enough how seriously the department takes threats of any kind. Safety is our number one priority. We want to assure the community that we continue to thoroughly investigate this incident in cooperation with the Anchorage School District and will ensure that those responsible are held accountable."
Johnson-Harris said further updates on the threats will be released to parents and staff “in a timely manner.”
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