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EWHS Follow-up Message

East Wake Warrior parents,

 

Due to recent events, our Fast Friday incentive day will be postponed until next week. We encourage students to do their best so that they can participate in this exciting program. 

 

I wanted to share with you the following message that was shared with students during class today:

 

Yesterday was a difficult day for students, staff, parents and our local community. I want to take the time to acknowledge and validate your feelings and emotions around yesterday’s lockdown and the social media rumors.

 

As a school leader, it is my responsibility to keep my students and staff safe. I take that responsibility seriously and as such, it is imperative that I do what I can to carry out this responsibility. I want to give you an update on what happened and provide you with information on how to talk about how you’re feeling.

 

There are three situations where we experience a lockdown. A drill, which we practice each year, a lockdown to provide safety during a perceived immediate threat, and a lockdown where the immediate threat is in the community or on the school campus. Yesterday’s lockdown was in response to receiving information about a supposed imminent threat that was proven to be false. Again, it was proven to be false. 

 

In a code red lockdown, the entire building is locked down. No one is allowed to enter or exit the building. Our first concern is the immediacy of the situation by ensuring student safety and therefore, we are not able to communicate with staff, students or families until an all-clear announcement is received. This is done to allow the sheriff’s department the opportunity to properly check and secure the campus.

 

After a thorough investigation, the Wake County Sheriff’s Department determined that there was no credible threat to our campus. The threat had been issued via social media, and while we take all posts of this nature seriously, law enforcement officials determined our campus to be safe for normal operations. 

 

Unfortunately, these types of false threats are becoming more and more common at High Schools throughout our district and nation.  That is why it is extremely important we value and take care of our Warrior family.  We are a community.  If you see something, say something.  Encourage your friends to do the same.  Support one another and make good choices that will help us all to discover, excel and become. 

 

I would like to commend the students and parents who brought to our attention the threats. I know this may not have been easy, but we thank you for keeping the community safe. Through your swift response, we were able to act on this information right away to ensure that no harm comes to our East Wake family. We know this may have caused fear or concern. For this reason, we would like to encourage you to reach out to the student services team who are here to support your students through this experience. We are working with the district Counseling and Student Services department to create group opportunities to support students next week. 

 

Stacey Alston, Principal

 

School Counselor

Caseload (Last Names)

Email (@wcpss.net)

Phone Extension

Ms. Lynch

A-El

mlynch3

24196

Mr. Hendricks

Em-Lh

mhendricks

24199

Mr. Lowery

Li-Rm

rlowery

24197

Ms. Almanzar

Rn-Z

calmanzar

24198

Ms. Aina

Student Assistance Program Counselor (SAP)

jaina

23925

Mr. Cotton

Student Success Counselor (SAP)

dccotton

24190

Ms. Robinson

Dean of Counseling & Student Services

tbrobinson

24195