Safety Notice about Inappropriate Conversation on School Bus

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

I would like to inform you of an incident occurring during the afternoon bus ride home on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

A school bus driver overheard two high school students discussing guns and bombs during the bus ride home from school. The driver overheard enough to be concerned and put student safety first, implementing established district protocol for these situations.

Following district procedures, the bus driver immediately reported the incident to KWRL authorities, parked the bus, and all students exited the bus while officers from the Woodland Police Department inspected the bus to determine there was no actual threat.

The two students identified as having the conversation have been interviewed by police. Although one of the students informed law enforcement officials that the two were just joking and officers determined there was no actual threat, an ongoing investigation is underway.

School safety is of the utmost importance to Woodland Public Schools. Please speak with your children about the importance of not engaging in inappropriate conversations in school or on school transportation, and also emphasize the importance of sharing information with adults regarding potentially dangerous situations.

On behalf of Woodland Public Schools, I apologize for any inconvenience or concern this event may have caused your child. If you have any additional questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact the principal of your student’s school or me at the district office.

Sincerely, 

Michael Green
Superintendent