The district received information this morning about a student who was believed to have bullets in his possession. The following letter was sent home this afternoon to Pinewood parents. Please note this incident was unrelated to the situation that placed other district buildings in lockdown today.
April 19, 2016
We are writing this letter to share information about an incident that occurred this morning involving a Pinewood student who allegedly brought bullets onto a school bus.
The bus garage received a call this morning from an individual who stated that she believed a Mohonasen student had bullets in his possession. The district’s school resource officer and director of security were immediately dispatched to meet the student at his bus stop.
During this same time period, a Mohonasen school bus driver received two bullets from two individual students. The driver contacted the bus garage and alerted district officials.
As a result of both pieces of information, Pinewood administrators and the officers questioned the students involved. School officials have determined how each student came to possess the bullets, and the investigation continues. The district will apply appropriate consequences upon completion of the investigation in accordance with the district’s Code of Conduct.
Please know that none of these students was in possession of a weapon.
As parents, we ask you to talk with your child(ren) about the serious consequences of bringing any weapon or ammunition onto school property — real or fake. While there was no weapon present in this instance, the presence of bullets could potentially pose a danger to others.
This is also a good time to remind your child(ren) to immediately tell an adult if they have any reason to believe there is a weapon or ammunition at school or on a school bus. In this situation, we are fortunate a student shared information with their parent, who then notified the district, enabling school officials to address the issue immediately.
We hope this letter is helpful in clarifying any rumors that may be circulating in the community. If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, we encourage you to contact us directly.
Kathleen A. Spring
Superintendent of Schools