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Letter from Dr. Ivan Katz, Superintendent
Dear School Community Member:

The purpose of this letter is to follow-up on the letter I sent to you on September 14, 2017. In that letter, I reported to you that a student in the Jr.-Sr. High School allegedly made comments on committing an act of violence in the school. That student was immediately brought to school administration and the report was investigated. The Fallsburg Police Department is still investigating and handling the reported threat.

It has now been reported to me that there are rumors in the school community regarding threats of violence related to the incident I previously reported on. We are also aware that these rumors have been perpetuated on social media. We have shared these rumors with the Fallsburg Police Department.

When items make their way to social media, the school district becomes aware of them very quickly because concerned school community members share that information with us. I am quite thankful that parents and community members, who are aware of concerning social media posts, report them to us swiftly. I urge parents and guardians to talk with their children about social media and the effect it can have on perpetuating rumors.

We take any threat of violence to the school district seriously and investigate each report because we are committed to ensuring that our schools are safe and free of violent threats. Students who are involved with perpetuating rumors may be subject to the District’s Code of Conduct and beyond. The safety of our students, staff and school community continues to be our number one priority.

The school is continuing its normal operations, as we still do not believe it to be under any threat at this time. Please be assured that all students and staff in our schools are safe. To underscore this, the Fallsburg Police Department supported us with an increased police presence in response to the rumors that are circulating around the school community.

If any student has concerns about the rumors that have been out and about, they can see our counselors who are ready, willing and able to discuss concerns. Any parent or guardian, who also has a concern, can speak with a school administrator.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Ivan J. Katz, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools
 
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