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Message from Mrs. Patton Regarding School Safety

September 19, 2018

Dear Parents,

I want to let you know about an issue we encountered today at the Senior High School.

We were made aware this morning that a student brought an Airsoft pistol to school. As you may know, Airsoft products are often considered toys, but they can cause harm if used inappropriately.

At no time was anyone in danger; no threats were made. This appears to be a case of a student who simply did not think through the ramifications of a very poor decision. The student will be dealt with accordingly, using the district's Code of Conduct as our guide. Please remind your student that weapons - even if they are considered toys – simply are not allowed on school grounds. The penalties for breaking this rule are quite serious.

We are happy to report that today's incident was resolved calmly. I'd like to extend my thanks to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, which responded to assist in fact-finding.

Rush-Henretta takes the safety of students, staff members, and our community very seriously. I encourage anyone who has a safety-related concern to contact me or a member of my staff at any time. We will always take your concerns seriously.


Beth Patton