Let's change Tredyffrin/Easttown response protocol to reported threats
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TE has a response protocol to reported threats BUT the guidelines do not protect our children nor do these guidelines prevent a horrific school shooting.
I am asking for your support to push changes to the TE threat response protocol to include (but not limited to) the following:
- Immediate Notification to TE parents that a threat has occurred. If we can be notified of lice, we can be notified of death threats
- Immediate "extended suspension" of the student that made the death threat. The suspension should only be reversed after credible proof that the child has undergone intensive mental health counseling to address emotional and/or mental issues. and that the child will remain in counseling for at least 1 year.
- Immediate administrative support that TE can take to prevent death threats and emotional and mental terrorism/bullying such as but not limited to active monitoring of students that have sudden behavioral changes.
In light of the increase in school shootings across the country, we request to make these changes retroactive. They should apply to any threats made within the last 1 year.
Please note that this change request is not intended to ostracize students that are emotionally or mentally troubled. It is actually intended to PROTECT them from criminal charges, regretful acts and degradation of their mental health. This request is taking an active role in protecting both the victims and the bullies. We need to ensure the latter group get the help and support they need. These are all OUR children and we as parents should take an active role in ensuring their well being at all times. I hope we can come together and make this happen!
TE's current response protocol for reported threats
All reports involving threats are taken seriously. Once a report is received, the school opens an investigation. Depending upon what is learned, District responses may include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Application of discipline consistent with District policy and school law
2. Enhanced supervision and monitoring measures
3. Administration of risk assessment protocols involving mental health professionals to determine whether or not a student is a threat to self or others
4. Appropriate supports for involved students
Parents and students are also encouraged to report potential threats to school administrators so the school may begin to investigate and implement appropriate measures.
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