The Oakley Police Department and Freedom High School is investigating a Snap Chat that went out to students on Tuesday. The Oakley Police Department says there appears to be no threat, but will have officers on campus on Wednesday.
Updated Letter Wednesday evening by Principal Manke:
Dear Freedom Families:
I would like to thank you for your patience and support throughout the day. Here is an update with the most current information regarding the threat made on Snap Chat directed at Freedom High School.
Today, we had additional presence on campus for the entirety of the school day. The Oakley Police Department are working with the District Attorney’s Office as well as the FBI to investigate the threats made and they are following all leads received by students and community members. For those who have contributed to the investigation, I can’t thank you enough. Additionally, I am grateful for the “all hands on deck” attitude of the Oakley PD during the past 17-hours.
Over the past three years, we have taken steps such as locking all classroom doors during instructional time, securing an increased number of perimeter gates during the school day, and we have added numerous additional security cameras to our school to ensure a safe and secure campus. In addition to our prior active shooter trainings, our facility and staff are scheduled to participate in “ALICE” active shooter training.
It is unfortunate that we have to endure situations such as this especially during this very difficult week. The Freedom Community will stay strong and continue to provide a safe environment for our students and staff, and I appreciate all of the conversation you have already had with your students regarding social media use.
Going forward we will continue enhanced police presence until the perpetrator is identified to help our school community feel safe during this unsettling time. Our staff will continue to support students in any way that we can and I will update you with information as it becomes available.
Here is the Original letter sent out by Principal Manke:
Dear Freedom Families,
This evening it was reported to the Freedom Administration that a threatening Snap Chat message had been sent out to many of our students. This Snap Chat referenced the Columbine School Shooting and implied that Freedom was going to be a target Wednesday, October 24, 2018.
The Snap Chat account these messages originated from has already been reported to the Police and is currently under investigation for sending inappropriate content to female students. The students who were involved, as well as their parents, have been working with the Freedom Administration and Oakley Police Department.
We take these types of comments very seriously, and appreciate those students and community members who brought this to our attention. Tonight, I have spoke with the leaders of the police department who informed me that there is no reason to interrupt the normal school day based upon this message. However, there will be significant presence of officers on campus throughout the day.
We appreciate the quick response from the Oakley Police Department and will continue to work in collaboration to ensure that Freedom High School is a safe and secure learning environment for our students and staff.