January 18, 2023
Dear Parents/Guardians: Earlier today, school district officials received a Safe2Say report of a possible threat of violence in the high school tomorrow. The threat of violence was generalized and allegedly made by a high school student. The high school administration immediately identified and isolated the suspected student and notified the Derry Borough Police Department.
I understand that this safety alert may cause a heightened sense of concern. I reassure you that the school district considers all threats or comments perceived to be threats as serious until an incident is deemed not credible by law enforcement and thoroughly investigated by district administration. Threats or comments of violence made of any kind are unacceptable and will not be tolerated in the Derry Area School District. Disciplinary measures will always be enforced according to board policy and procedures. As always, I encourage parents and guardians to take this opportunity to talk with your child about the serious consequences of inappropriate communication. I want to sincerely thank our students and school community for reporting such information. Additionally, I want to mention the school district is grateful for a valued partnership with the Derry Borough Police Department.
As a reminder, our primary responsibility is to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff.This is something that we take very seriously. Please know that we will always communicate as quickly and safely as possible with our employees and community members without jeopardizing the integrity of a police investigation. School will be in-session tomorrow, Thursday, January 19, 2023. Please contact your building principal if you have any specific questions or concerns about school safety procedures. Since this matter involves a student, by policy and for privacy matters, no further comment will be available. Thank you for your attention with this matter.
Gregory A. Ferencak Superintendent