DPD Facebook Followers - I know there are a lot of questions about the recent cases involving an off-campus assault of a student captured on video, and another case of students making threatening statements which resulted in school being cancelled. Some followers have also posted questions about other unrelated cases where they have personal vested interests. There are many privacy laws around the juvenile justice and education systems, that the PD and DCSD must follow. Facebook and other forms of social media are not the proper forums for Q&A on specific cases, especially on cases where the investigation has not been completed, through the DCSD's disciplinary review process, or adjudicated through the juvenile legal system. Juvenile victims AND suspects are afforded additional legal privacy in our systems, and we must respect that.
Social media rumors and misinformation were BIG contributors to get us to where we've been the past 24 hours. The recent tragedy in Florida rightfully had everyone already on edge, some reckless decisions were made by individuals and they were held accountable, and then social media compounded the situation. Many posts portrayed as "facts" were nothing more than speculation, rumor and dated screenshots portrayed as new information. They snowballed the situation from people being on edge to being placed in real fear. Both the DPD and the DCSD will always be as forthcoming as legally possible. When there's a doubt, we will always error on the side of safety.
For those wanting information on cases where you have a personal, direct involvement: If you have specific questions about events that happened in a school, contact that school's administrators. If you have questions about criminals cases that occurred in school, contact the school administrators or the School Resource Officers assigned to the school in question. Their contact information is in the link below. If you have specific questions about non-school related cases, contact the PD. When we can give public information, we will. When we are required to protect juveniles' identities, we will do that as well. When there are questions about specific cases, they will NOT be answered here. We will not contribute to the problem by posting the legally limited information, which can be very minimal information, which then opens the door for more speculation and rumor.
When it comes to protecting the kids in this community (which includes our own children) we will go above and beyond, to include willingly placing our lives on the line. Chief Mark Dalsing.