Given recent events in other local districts, I thought it was important to remind our families of the seriousness surrounding threats to school safety and to share a letter from the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney, Mr. Jerry Jarzynka. Please see Prosecutor Jarzynka’s letter below or find a printable copy here.
Napoleon Community Schools student and staff safety is always a top priority. We appreciate the support of our families. We encourage you to read and discuss thoroughly the information Prosecutor Jarzynka has shared.
Thank you for your continued support,
Jim Graham, Superintendent
LETTER FROM JACKSON COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
Few events hit home for students and families like a school shooting. They are terrifying and tragic. When students learn of these events on television or on social media, it is natural for them to worry about their own school and their own safety. Unfortunately, some students see these tragedies as an opportunity to gain notoriety against their schools, teachers, and classmates.
Since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, my office has received reports from law enforcement agencies of students using social media or by other means to make threats against schools. Many of these threats turned out to be made by students who claim they were just joking or playing a prank. I want to be very clear: these threats are no joke, and this behavior will not be tolerated.
Over the past few months in Jackson County:
- 4 students were recently charged;
- Each defendant has been charged with False Report or Threat of Terrorism;
- This felony charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
While the punishments dictated by the criminal justice system are stern, students may face additional consequences, including:
- Loss of scholarships and federal aid;
- Denied college admission;
- Being required to disclose pending cases or criminal convictions on job applications.
I urge you to talk to your children about the appropriate use of social media, and the lasting consequences of making threats against our schools. Please stress that there is nothing humorous about threatening to shoot up a school, and there is no such thing as a joke involving the threat of mass murder.
All threats will continue to be taken seriously and prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law.
By working together, we can provide our children the safe schools they deserve.
Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney