Important Notice from Principal Condon

Important Notice from Principal Condon
Posted on 03/09/2020
important notice

Good morning Collins Middle School Community Members

This communication is to inform you about a threat over social media a Collins Middle School student received early this morning. Our school is committed to the safety and education of all our students. We also want to clearly communicate with parents about safety issues when they arise.

The Salem Police Department was alerted in the over-night hours and investigated the social media post. The Salem Police Department’s investigation found there was no credible threat to Collins Middle School this was found to be a hoax. This was a post on social media was made by a minor that does not attend Collins and does not live in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  

 All threats to our school and students are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. I want to thank the school administration, city officials, and the Salem Police Department for working tirelessly overnight to ensure a safe school environment this morning. I also want to thank the Salem Police Department for being at Collins Middle School this morning to support the opening of school.

We wanted you to have the facts so you can discuss the use of social media with your child and emphasize the seriousness of this issue. This is where I ask for your help. Please consider the following:

  • Please talk to your children about the consequences of posting inappropriate content or threats of violence online. Help them understand that there will be a significant disciplinary consequence and a lasting effect on their future. Everything they post or share can become public even if it’s only shared with one person.  
  • Please monitor your child’s social media
  • Please remind your children that if they see something, say something. In most cases, since we do not have access or a need to see social media posts, it is a student, parent or staff member who alerts us and law enforcement to a potential concern. We appreciate your support in this effort. 

Sincerely,

Matthew Condon
Principal

 

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