Message from Superintendent: Three Etowah HS Students Charged for Disrupting School

Message from Superintendent: Three Etowah HS Students Charged for Disrupting School

Category : CCSD

10/27/17

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised the CCSD School Police Department today charged three Etowah High School students after their social media posts about an attack on the school caused a panic.

The students face charges of disrupting public school; they will face additional administrative disciplinary action, which we can’t disclose due to Federal privacy laws.

These students’ posts on Thursday led to a panic among students and their parents, who then called 911 and CCSD’s School Police tip line and emailed and messaged police and CCSD officials. Although we believe our prompt response by emailing Etowah HS and E.T. Booth MS parents Thursday night and providing an increased police presence on campus today calmed many families, we still saw 695 absences (29%) today at Etowah HS and 209 absences (12%) at E.T. Booth MS.

We hope parents will use this as a teachable moment. Making a threat of violence is not a joke — it will lead to disciplinary action and potentially criminal prosecution. When students hear a rumor, they need to report it to the police or school administration instead of posting it on social media, which can hinder an investigation.

The safety and security of our students and employees is our top priority. We care about your children, and that care guides everything we do. This past week has been very challenging for our entire community, and we appreciate your continued support.

Barbara P. Jacoby
Chief Communications Officer
Cherokee County School District