Superintendent's Letter 12/10/21

Superintendent's Letter 12/10/21
Posted on 12/10/2021
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December 10, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Over the past few days, schools throughout Michigan have seen an alarming amount of threats made towards students or staff. These threats are not isolated to schools or communities ‘below the bridge’. In fact, four U.P. schools have recently gone into lockdown or have even closed as a result of these threatening remarks. These unthinkable incidents cause an incredible disruption to our purpose. 

This afternoon, Trooper Joe Racicot and I spoke to all our junior high and high school students. Our focus was to reaffirm that BR-H will do everything in our power to keep students safe. Furthermore, we took the opportunity to discuss the events occurring in neighboring schools resulting in lockdown or closure. Recently, the Menominee County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeff Rogg, released this Public Service Announcement and we shared this information with our students.

“PSA: Any threat, real or implied, against a school, staff or students is a crime. A criminal threat can be verbal, written or posted online. It is not a defense to claim that the threat was a joke or was not going to be acted upon. We encourage parents to be extra vigilant in monitoring their children's online activities and their electronic devices to ensure material being posted or disseminated is not threatening in anyway. The Menominee Prosecutor's Office has been made aware of oral and written threats being made against schools in other communities, and we are asking our parents to help us prevent such threatening communication from occurring in our community. We are also working with area schools to help spread the message to our kids that jokes about violence against schools are no laughing matter and carry significant consequences. Thank you for your partnership as we continue to work together to keep our kids and schools safe.” 

Please talk to your children about this matter. Having these conversations with children can be challenging and if you’d like any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to the school. For online resources, please visit:

Talking to children about violence (National Association of School Psychologists)

How to talk to explain school shootings to your kids (Parents.com)


Cordially,
Jason Lockwood, Ed.S
BRH-Superintendent 
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