BY DONNA WESTFALL
The volunteer due to sit at the water department today to collect sewer rate protest signatures had to cancel and run to the public schools to pull her children out. She’s from Colorado and they take bomb threats or any threats against the schools very seriously. She was dismayed that the school didn’t seem as concerned as she was.
In a Facebook posting by School Superintendent this morning:
Statement from Del Norte County Superintendent of Schools
Don Olson 10:00am April 29, 2014
Del Norte County Schools has been informed of a potential threat to an unknown school that was posted on a Web-based Application last night. City Police believe it is a prank from a student. None the less, I have put each school on a state of high alert. City Police, DN Sheriff’s Office and the DA’s office are being visible in our schools today. Law enforcement is continuing to work to identify the person who made this posting and they will take appropriate action.
Our students’ safety is our highest priority and we will take all steps to keep our community safe.
Del Norte County Unified School District and COE
This first message was followed up with:
Hello Community Members,
We have just been informed that a student has confessed to sending out the message on WHISPER that has caused the concern. The student did not intend for it to be taken as a threat and is very sorry for the anxiety that it has caused. Administration and Law Enforcement are currently interviewing the student.
Assistant Superintendent of Instruction & Educational Services