Safety Concern at Batavia High School - UPDATE
Batavia Police Report # 18-3165
Batavia School District 101 officials contacted the Batavia Police Department last week after receiving a tip about the concerns for the safety of students at the Batavia High School. The concerns originated from posts that were disseminated through various social media outlets. The police department in cooperation with Batavia High School administrators worked diligently to investigate this matter. As a result of the investigation it was determined that one juvenile subject exacerbated the situation by intentionally sending false information via social media related to a perceived school threat. Given that all of the involved students are juveniles, state statute does not allow for names of students or specific details to be released. Any disciplinary action against the involved students is handled in accordance with school district policy.
The Batavia Police Department in conjunction with Batavia School District 101 encourages parents to talk with their students about reporting safety threats, containing rumors, and the importance of safety concerns.
If your child sees or hears something concerning, please report it to a school staff member or the police. If your child says that they saw something or heard something, please assist them in reporting this to someone appropriate, such as a teacher, principal, or police officer. Be prepared to state, specifically, what was seen or heard, and the source of information. In addition, BPS101 has a safety line that is available to all community members at 630-937-5410 or www.bps101.net/safety-help-line. Please leave your contact information in the event that more information is needed. Additionally, students and family members have the option to report concerns directly to the School Resource Officer or the police department non-emergency phone number (630-454-2500).
Although we investigate each and every report, there is a distinction between the reporting of threats and the reporting of things that were overheard or came to know about second hand. Threats are those things that are directly seen or heard, and this information is most helpful to investigators. Rumors are things that are not directly heard or something that “everyone is saying.” Rumors may still be reported, but it might be helpful to also have the conversation with your student about how quickly rumors can spread misinformation and how real a rumor may seem despite a lack of actual facts. When a large number of people are spreading the same rumor, it seems to gain credibility.
Lastly, please talk to your child about safety concerns and the serious consequences for starting false rumors or joking about school safety threats. Much of the concern at BHS this week was related to the spread of false rumors and intentionally misleading social media posts.
The safety of every child is the number one priority for school and law enforcement officials. Should there be a time when a threat is deemed credible, school and or law enforcement will be in immediate communication with the BPS101 community.
Authority: Deputy Chief Shawn Mazza Released: Thursday, March 2, 2018 at 9:30 AM