Special Message Oct. 28, 2018

 

Update: 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018

Good evening, H-F Parents, Guardians & Community Members:

We have received final confirmation from the Homewood Police Department that the latest social media threat we received this afternoon was also a copy-cat and not credible. This post targeted a group of our students and was found to originate from an individual from another state. The police departments will continue to be vigilant and investigate every threat against our school.  

School will be in session tomorrow, Oct. 29, 2018. We realize that many of our families and students may feel apprehensive about attending school tomorrow and we understand that you will make a decision that is best for your family. Please know that the Homewood and Flossmoor Police Departments do not believe there to be a credible threat to our school tomorrow; however, they and other local agencies will have an increased presence on campus. In addition, they will continue to address and investigate any additional threats to our school community.

Thank you to the Homewood Police Department for their efforts and support for our students and staff. We would like to take a moment to thank everyone for their patience, understanding and support during this difficult time. We hope that you know that the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority and we will continue to work to ensure a safe school environment. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jerry Lee Anderson, Principal
708-335-5540
janderson@hf233.org

Dr. Von Mansfield, Superintendent
708-335-5500
vmansfield@hf233.org

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Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018

Dear H-F Parents, Guardians & Community Members:

Last evening, an individual was arrested after being identified as responsible for the social media threats of violence against our school for Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. The individual stated to police that the postings were a result of a dare and that he had no access to weapons. This individual was formally charged with a Class 4 Felony for making threats against a school.  

This morning — Oct. 28, 2018 — we were informed of additional social media postings, threatening violence against our school for Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. These postings implied that the police had arrested the wrong individual yesterday and that there was still a threat of violence against the school. The district again immediately contacted the Flossmoor Police Department and through working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Illinois State Police they identified an individual on the East Coast as responsible for these additional copy-cat threats. It appears the goal of today’s threatening postings was to try to draw attention away from the individual who allegedly posted the threats yesterday and was arrested by the Flossmoor Police Department last night.   

We understand that these events are very concerning and we want to reassure students, staff and families that the Flossmoor Police Department and Homewood-Flossmoor High School have worked diligently to identify the individuals responsible for these social media postings and will continue to work to ensure that our school community is protected.

School will be open on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. The Flossmoor Police Department does not believe there to be a credible threat to our school tomorrow; however, they and other local agencies will have an increased presence on campus. In addition, they will continue to address and investigate any additional threats to our school community.

We would like to state again to please share with your student(s) the serious nature of these types of situations and ask them to report any unsettling or inappropriate actions or postings that they may see. Also, please remind them that in the world we live in today, threats of violence — even when done as a dare or a joke — will always be taken and responded to seriously. It is important that we are all diligent in order to ensure the safety of our school and community.

We would like to thank everyone who contacted us to report concerns. Thank you to the Flossmoor Police Department for their efforts and incredible response. Parents and students, we thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work through these difficult situations. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.  

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Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

Dear H-F Parents/Guardians:

On Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, we received a copy of two social media posts from a concerned member of the community. The posts displayed a gun and threats against the school on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. We immediately contacted the Flossmoor Police Department, and they have identified the individual who allegedly made the posts and have that individual in custody.  We have been informed by the Flossmoor Police Department that this is an ongoing investigation and charges are pending.

Any threat against our school community is unsettling; we want to reassure students, staff and families that the authorities will be holding the individual responsible to the fullest extent of the law and that the school will be seeking appropriate disciplinary action. School will be open on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. Please share with your student(s) the serious nature of these types of situations and ask them to report any unsettling or inappropriate actions or postings that they may see. Also, please remind them that in the world we live in today, threats of violence will always be taken and responded to seriously. It is important that we are all diligent in order to ensure the safety of our school and community.

We would like to thank the individuals who made the initial report, and the many people who contacted us to report concerns. We’d like to thank the Flossmoor Police Department for their efforts and for responding so quickly. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jerry Lee Anderson, Principal
708-335-5540
janderson@hf233.org

Dr. Von Mansfield, Superintendent
708-335-5500
vmansfield@hf233.org

 

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