Message from the Superintendent: Response to Last Week’s Incident

Message from the Superintendent: Response to Last Week’s Incident

Please see the following message from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

On Friday, May 12, we experienced a situation at Woodstock High School that we, as educators and parents, all hope will never happen: a student injured another child with a weapon.

I am very thankful that the injuries suffered were not life-threatening, and that the student was transported in stable condition and released after observation. The student charged by police in the incident also will face disciplinary action by the school.

We all are very appreciative of our students and staff, who followed the lessons learned in emergency drills and stayed safe and calm during the law enforcement response. While we maintain our own CCSD School Police Department, we are very grateful for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, Woodstock Police Department and other agencies that responded. These partners care for our students and staff, and we value them.

I’d also like to thank our community’s parents for entrusting your children to us every day. As a parent, I know when incidents like this happen – even if not at your child’s school – it can cause you alarm and stress. The messages you saw on our website and Twitter feed, and shared with local media, also were being communicated to Woodstock High School and Woodstock Middle School parents using our School Messenger system.

This incident reminds us all of the importance of this communications system; at the start of every school year, please confirm that your child’s school has your correct email address, cell phone number and home phone number. To subscribe to the text service, ensure your cell phone number is on file and then text any one of the following words to the number 68453: subscribe, opt-in or yes. Learn more about our Emergency Notifications practices here:

Thank you for your support of the School District and for your role in our continued success.