I am writing to reflect on what was thankfully a normal day here at Newton South. The increased police presence on campus, the result of a vague online post on an anonymous social media app, did not disrupt our school day or distract us from our academic programs.
Newton Police continue to investigate the incident. I will provide any relevant updates as they become available.
It was disheartening to see a higher-than-normal number of absences in school today, likely due to this social media post. Therefore, I do want to take this opportunity to ask you to talk with your children about their use of social media and review with them how to make safe, healthy choices in online environments. Social media sites and apps, especially those that allow anonymous posts, can spur disrespectful and hurtful posts that negatively impact students, schools, and entire communities.
Please see below for a Washington Post article about one such anonymous site.
As always, thank you for your partnership.