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Statement from the Acting Superintendent: Threatening Social Media Posts

Statement from the Acting Superintendent: Threatening Social Media Posts

Recently, some students in the region came across a concerning post on the popular social media platform TikTok. This post contained a generic threat that mentioned "open fire" on schools without specifying any particular school or district. It is important to note that such posts are not isolated incidents and are unfortunately prevalent on various social media platforms worldwide. Their intent is often to create alarm, annoyance, and disrupt the educational process.

We believe in maintaining open lines of communication with our school community, especially when it concerns the safety and security of our students and staff. We will always collaborate with our law enforcement partners when necessary to ensure that no credible threat to the safety of our students and staff exists and communicate with parents accordingly.

All threats, regardless of their nature, come with significant consequences.  This includes instances where such statements are made jokingly or are deemed not credible. We encourage you to have open and honest conversations with your children about responsible social media use and the importance of reporting any concerning content they may come across. Together, we can work to maintain a safe and secure learning environment for our school community.

Our commitment to providing the safest possible learning environment means that we will always collaborate with our law enforcement partners when necessary to ensure that no credible threat to the safety of our students and staff exists.

Mount Vernon places the safety of all students as a top priority and recognizes the need to be transparent regarding incidents that may impact our school community.  We will always act out of an abundance of caution to ensure all our students and staff are safe inside and outside of our buildings.

Dr. K. Veronica Smith, Acting Superintendent of Schools

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Principals at each building in the Mount Vernon City School District have recently identified their Teachers of the Year based on the three criteria of instruction, attendance, and contribution to school culture and climate. View the Teachers of the Year here.

Lowes Moore Q+A

Lowes Moore, MVHS Class of 1976 graduate, is a former NBA basketball star and coach, and he served as Executive Director and Director of Development at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon for 27 years. He now hosts a podcast and runs Lowes Moore Global Communications.  

View the Q+A with Lowes Moore here!

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Applications for the 15th annual Scales of Justice Academy (SJA) at Fordham University School of Law and The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University have been extended and are open until Saturday, June 15, 2024. The program will begin on Monday, July 22, at both locations. Legal courses will be taught by over 40 volunteer judges, lawyers, law professors, law students and elected officials. scalesofjusticeacademy.org

Click here for the Fordham University SJA Application (July 22-31)

Click here for the Pace University SJA Application (July 22-26)