The Harvard Police Department concluded an investigation of an incident with a junior high student this morning and released a statement to the public. The investigation regards the possession of prohibited items at school last Thursday and Friday. The investigation began on Friday after building administration became aware of the concern. In coordination with the police, a search was conducted of the student and the student’s home.
When searched on Friday at school, the student was in possession of a knife and small bottle of alcohol. The student also admitted to having brought a pellet gun to school on Thursday. The pellet gun was taken by the police on the home visit. At no point was there a threat to students or staff with either weapon. The police investigation was concluded this morning and charges filed.
Without a direct threat to safety and without any unsecured weapons present, the school was not placed on lockdown on Friday. The police investigation began on Friday, and we allowed the police to complete their investigation before commenting.
The safety of our students is the most important part of our day. We followed our safety protocols and worked collaboratively with local police to determine the proper course of actions. The district maintains a comprehensive crisis plan to react to difficult situations as they arise.
The most recent tragedy in Florida has caused additional anxiety concerning safety for parents, students, and staff. We work hard to preserve the safety of the learning environment for our students, but any event like this is alarming, and we want to communicate with you as soon as we have facts that we can share with you.
If you have any questions about this matter, feel free to reach me at email@example.com or call me at 815-943-4022.
Dr. Corey Tafoya
Download a copy of the letter:
Junior High Police Investigation – Letter from Dr. Tafoya
Investigación policial de la escuela secundaria – carta del Dr. Tafoya