Guthrie Public Schools and Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson released a statement on the events that have taken place on the threat of a school shooting.
On Friday December 14, 2012, some Guthrie High School students went to their building administrators and informed them of a possible threat by a current student. An investigation was immediately ensued by the school administration and the Guthrie Police Department was contacted. As a result of the ongoing investigation by the high school administration, a student was suspended Monday morning. The results of the investigation by school officials have been shared with the Guthrie Police Department.
Throughout the weekend, GPS administrators and the Guthrie Police Department were in contact regarding procedures to assure a safe environment on Monday in light of the tragic events in Newtown, CT. Guthrie Police officers have been making visits to all school sites this morning and will continue this practice throughout the week.
Guthrie Public Schools will continue to treat any threat to student safety as credible and follow up with an appropriate investigation. After school on Friday, officials were unable to determine the credibility of any threats. The decision was made at that time to increase the law enforcement presence at all sites as a precaution. Again, their presence will continue for the remainder of the week.
According to Dr. Mike Simpson, Superintendent of Schools, “We are following up on any threats and want to thank the Guthrie Police Department for their assistance. I want to assure the community that our schools are safe. With the events of last Friday, this would have been a difficult day for school under the best of circumstances. I applaud the high school students for coming forward with this information. I want to assure all parents that our number one objective is to provide a safe environment which leads to quality instruction.”