From Dr. Julie Brown, Superintendent of Schools
December 16, 2021
I am writing to inform you and not to alarm you. District personnel and local law enforcement have been made aware of a circulating TikTok post with a nationwide “school shooting and bomb threats for every school in the USA even elementary” that will supposedly take place on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. The original post is general and not directed at a specific school. So far, the origins of this post are unknown and there is no indication this post is specific to our District.
This information has been shared with our District and school administration, Officer Rivers, and local law enforcement.
Please know that, in conjunction with local law enforcement, we will continue to monitor social media. There are no indications of known threats within our District at this time. We are sharing this notice out of an abundance of caution and as a precautionary measure.
The safety of our students and staff is our priority. All safety concerns to our school or students are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. Since returning to in-person learning this school year, schools nationwide are dealing with school safety concerns that seem to be heightened and causing anxiety, fear and nervousness among our staff and students.
Here are some key points about making good decisions and easing these concerning feelings:
- Be sure to report any concerning message you hear or see in person or online to a trusted adult, school administration or staff member, or police.
- The Safe2Help Illinois is a 24/7 program for students to share school safety issues, find resources to get help and find encouragement to help others. Reports can be submitted here.
- Please do not promote social media rumors, instead, tell us.
- If you feel uncomfortable about something you read, something you hear, something you see please, report it so we can do something about it.
- Know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming and using webcams.
District 105 is committed to keeping our schools a safe place for learning, and we will work together to continue to keep it that way.
Dr. Julie Brown Superintendent