As most of you know by now PORTA High School received an anonymous threat via a social message at approximately 1:15 PM today, October 26, 2022. The building was placed on soft lockdown and all students were kept in place until we were confident all were safe. The authorities, which included City, County, Conservation and others, were called and responded in very quick fashion. As a team we determined that it was prudent to dismiss students in an orderly fashion at the scheduled release time, all under the watchful eye of our law enforcement partners.
While this threat was focused on PORTA High School, all schools were notified and took a heightened stance on safety in their individual buildings.
At the end of the day our staff at the High School was debriefed and we talked about things that went well during our soft lockdown as well as those items that might need closer scrutiny. Staff and students handled this situation very well. We are grateful to the student who reported the anonymous threat, which will hopefully lead to an arrest and conviction for the perpetrator.
Thank you for all of your patience and please reinforce with your children and family members the importance of reporting threats or unusual interactions. These threats are taken seriously and carry a very stiff penalty, even for those who think they are playing a prank.
Proud to be a Bluejay!!