Communication Regarding a False ThreatPosted by Gregory Decker on 5/9/2019
Sanderson High School
May 9, 2019
Hello, this is Greg Decker, Principal of Sanderson High School.
Because we want to keep you informed, I would like you to be aware of an incident that we’ve been investigating.
A social media posting of a vague threat to our school was posted this morning.
We take all threats to our school seriously. We immediately informed local law enforcement to help us evaluate the validity of the threat. While this threat appears to be another hoax threat, we continue to investigate to determine the parties responsible for making the threat. As with all threats, we will ask law enforcement and the courts to prosecute those responsible for committing this crime.
Out of an abundance of caution, Raleigh Police are providing additional security around our campus today. Know that we will continue to take every measure to ensure the safety of our students. Meanwhile, we are having a normal, productive day of teaching and learning.
With this news, I ask for your help.
In recent months, there have been a rash of hoax threats nationally. These “fake” threats begin with a note of warning for when the threat will occur. It’s important to point out that not a single actual school shooting or other act of violence was preceded by a note to the victims. However, every hoax threat thus far has been preceded by a note or a posting.
In addition, these hoax threats increase in number when our local media outlets report them. Individuals see these news reports on TV and on social media and may try to replicate the hoax threats for attention. They may not understand the seriousness of making such threats or fully understand the consequences they may face.
This phenomenon is called “copycat behavior.” To protect our students, our district is encouraging local news outlets to limit the reporting of hoax threats, as studies show those media reports risk public safety and the safety of our children. Because the perpetrators of hoax threats feed off the media frenzy and school chaos they create, every effort will be made by school administrators and local officials to professionally handle these incidents without giving the perpetrators the attention they seek.
Among the many negative impacts of hoax threats is the lack of empathy for those communities directly impacted by school shootings. It is important that children understand the harsh implications, both legal and social, of imitating such events.
I ask that you talk with your student about the seriousness of making threats of any kind. Equally important, encourage them to report any suspicious activity to a trusted adult at school or to you. Students and parents can also report safety concerns to our anonymous tip line, (919) 856-1911.
We appreciate your continued support of a safe learning environment for our students.
Gregory S. Decker
Sanderson Security PolicyPosted by Gregory S. Decker Ed.D. on 11/26/2018 3:00:00 PM
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Sanderson High School continues to look for ways to ensure the security and welfare of our students and staff. As part of this practice, we will be implementing a new access control system similar to the systems already in place at many of the WCPSS schools
Beginning on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, all exterior doors will be locked throughout the school day.
Exterior doors will be unlocked only for morning arrival and will soon be relocked until the next morning. Visitors and late students will be required to “buzz in” to gain access to the building through a closed-circuit monitoring system at the front and this will be the only entrance.
Students who are late to class and traveling from outside the building will need to gain access through the front doors and “buzz in”. They will be given a tardy slip from the Attendance Office, so they can gain entrance to their next class.
Students will be provided an ID card and a lanyard on Monday November 26, 2018. Students are always expected to visibly wear the ID badge while on campus. Refusal to wear the ID will result in disciplinary consequences. Students that need to replace a lost ID will be charged a $5 replacement fee.
We need your help and cooperation for our system to work effectively. Our office staff is handling multiple tasks and although they will work diligently to help you gain access into the building as quickly as possible, there may be a short delay until someone can view you on the monitor and allow access. Please help by identifying yourself and providing your child’s name. Students will need to show their ID badge to gain access into the building without a parent. Once you are allowed entrance you are just a few steps from the attendance office to sign in and receive assistance.
I expect that we will have to work out a few wrinkles in our process in this security process as we get ready for our second semester.