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Following a student threat of violence at Pinkston Middle School on Friday, MHPS Superintendent Allyson Dewey issued the following statement:
On Friday afternoon our administration and law enforcement handled a disciplinary situation that involved a report of a student making a threat of violence. We conducted a threat assessment and have handled the situation according to district policy and in conjunction with local law enforcement.
While we cannot release details about any student disciplinary action, please know that this situation has been managed appropriately and no real threat to safety existed in this situation. I want to take this opportunity to ask that you all have conversations at home about how a flippant comment related to violence can have life-altering impacts.
When it comes to threats of violence, everything has to be considered as real and imminent until it is proven otherwise. An empty and baseless threat of violence still has very real consequences – for students and their families – both on the school disciplinary level and on a legal level. Additionally I encourage you to talk with your children about the importance of continuing to report real or perceived threats so that they can be addressed.
Thank you for your cooperation and support in this regard. Each of these situations is incredibly nuanced, but the bottom line is that we take any threat seriously and we will continue to put student safety and well-being first.