Dear Parents and Guardians,
Open communication is an important part of building a strong partnership with parents. The district realizes that today has been difficult for the members of our school community due to the sparsity of information that could be shared related to our school closing. For this reason, I want to provide you with some additional information about the incident that occurred today.
The Upper Perkiomen School District takes all threats to the safety of students and staff extremely serious. Very early this morning, administrators were notified by the state police that an anonymous post was made on social media to inflict harm upon unspecified students in school. The posting originated from an online social media site, Instagram. This site allows an individual to remain unidentified, which makes it difficult for school officials or public safety officials to trace the source. While the vast majority of school threats involve situations that are not deemed credible; the closure of school today was essential to allow the state and local authorities to conduct a full investigation to ensure the safety of the students and staff.
At this time, the person responsible for the post has been identified. When the post originated, it was made on a closed group of 79 students from an anonymous source that was attached to a picture of a student potentially of middle to early high school age. The post contained a video, “Evan, Sandy Hook Promise.” There is no longer a credible threat to the district as the source has been identified by state troopers. All afterschool activities will continue today and school will be in session tomorrow.
We need to work together, as a community, to create a safe and supportive learning environment. We ask that you please discuss the day’s events with your child, emphasizing the seriousness of this situation and the impact their on-line interactions can have on themselves, their friends, family and community.