High School Rumor Reported

High School Rumor Reported
Posted on 02/21/2019
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February 19, 2019

Dear Rondout Valley High School Community:

At approximately 4:45 p.m. today, a rumor of a potential threat to our school was reported to our High School administration. Concerned students brought information to Interim Principal Jessica Torok about a conversation that possibly suggested a threatening situation may occur on Wednesday, February 20.

The New York State Police and Ulster County Sherriff’s Department were immediately contacted and an investigation was launched.

Law enforcement has interviewed the students and has reported to us that there is no credible information to suggest there is an actual threat. We appreciate their immediate and comprehensive response to the rumors we shared with them.

Out of an abundance of caution and to reassure our students and families, there will be an additional law enforcement presence at our schools tomorrow. Our District’s School Resource Officers will also be present.

We also want to thank our students for coming forward with this information. It is imperative that when students hear or see anything that makes them uncomfortable or concerned that they share it with school officials or another adult they trust. Every potential threat must be treated as an actual threat until proven otherwise. We encourage parents to use this situation to remind their children to never be uncomfortable about sharing information or concerns.

Please be assured that our students’ safety and security is paramount and I am personally committed to ensuring our students and staff members are safe. Our building administrators all share in this commitment and take any potential threat very seriously.



Joseph Morgan

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Originally posted on 2/19/19