District Takes Extra Precautions When HS Student Reports Online Threat
This morning, Gloversville High School
was notified that over the weekend a female student was
harassed online via social media platform Snapchat in a way
that potentially threatened her safety and that of others
while at school. Police are investigating the threat.
All classes and activities remain as scheduled. As a precaution, Gloversville Enlarged School District is taking additional steps to ensure students’ safety such as having a patrolman periodically walk the halls of the high school today. The patrolman’s presence is the result of a partnership between the district and the Gloversville Police Department, which is meant to help ensure students’ safety when an incident is reported.
“We have a strong partnership with the Gloversville Police Department, and we appreciate their efforts as we continue to work together to assure the safety of all our students,” said Superintendent Michael Vanyo.
Over the summer, the district also installed new school access systems in which visitors must ring a buzzer and be seen by office personnel before being granted access to a school building. Teaching assistants and aides also regularly help monitor school hallways.
School safety personnel, faculty and staff members have been asked to remain alert and to immediately report any suspicious activity to building principals. Similarly, parents can assist by reporting any knowledge of potential threats toward students or schools to their child’s principal, associate principal and/or any faculty or staff member.
At this time, police are working to confirm the identity of the individual who threatened the female student. They will continue to update school administrators with the results of their investigation.
Parents can best assist with this situation by speaking with their children tonight about which social media platforms they use, ways to stay safe online and how to handle online harassment. Parents can also click here to learn more about safety efforts in Gloversville schools. Please contact your child's school principal if you have any questions about school safety.