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Oswego District 308 Warns of School Violence Rumors

School posts announcement and a worried parent contacts Patch about her children attending school tomorrow. District to be on heightened alert.

The Mayan calendar states that next Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, is the end of the world.

Oswego District 308 officials are taking action about rumors that there is a threat of violence set to occur in the school district due to this belief in the Mayan calendar.

The following statement was posted to the district's website early this afternoon:

It has come to our attention that rumors have been circulating around our school community about December 21, our last day of school before winter break, and winter solstice, which marks the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar.  

The media hype surrounding this date has resulted in predictions that include such things as a national power outage to the end of the world. The same type of predictions have been made in the past, including events surrounding the transition to the Year 2000 and all that was predicted with Y2K. These situations resulted in anxiety, rumors and predictions prior to the actual date. 

We are contacting parents and staff members because we have learned of student-initiated rumors about school violence occurring on or before December 21. School safety is a priority for School District 308 and such rumors about a threat to our students and staff are taken seriously.

Our students are encouraged to discuss any such rumors or threats of school violence with adults, including their parents, guardians, administration, faculty and staff members. Parents are asked to discuss this issue with their children and report to their school’s principal any information you feel we should know.

The administration is working closely with law enforcement. Over the next several days, security will be heightened. School District 308 wants to assure everyone that rumors or threats about school safety concerns are investigated by both administration and law enforcement. Students initiating rumors or threats will be held responsible for their actions.

It is important for us to communicate with parents and staff members the school district’s awareness and initial plans to address these disruptions to our educational system. Please visit our district’s website for updates and contact information.

One worried Oswego East High School parent contacted Patch and said her kids were frightened to go to school tomorrow due to the threat of violence.

She said her children had heard of a bullied student that planned to “get even” with everyone that had bullied him tomorrow, Dec. 14.

READ MORE: What Parents Are Saying About the Rumors of Threatened Violence in District 308 Schools 

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Outsider December 16, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Go do something worthwhile instead of sitting here posting about it. Go talk to your kids. Volunteer. Anything. Parents are the problem. Not the kids. Not the teachers. Not the administrators. Parents.
JimmyJ December 16, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Martin...I attended two high schools...Lane Tech in Chicago from 1977 to 1979 and Garden City Senior High in Kansas from 1979 to 1981 two completely different schools both in size and student body. Schools were wide open, there was a 22 rifle range in the basement of Lane for the JROTC and the guns were kept on site. I don't recall there being any school shootings in Chicago in the 1970's. In Kansas, everyone had guns....again, no issue. Kids were bullied...but it was a face to face bully...much more difficult to be than hiding in the cyber world. We didn't have internet like it is today. We didn't have special programs about bullying either. We took care of our problems and moved forward. It was a different way of thinking. Maybe in our efforts to make everything as fair and equal as possible we've made a mistake. We created the illusion of a world that doesn't exist and when some kids find out...it effects them very badly and they don't have the tools to cope.
Christine December 16, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Thank you. My children attend a 308 Elementary School and I am sickened by the events taking place in our district at the HS level coupled with the massacre to 20 innocent children and 6 staff members in CT. My question to you is how can I be sure this is only isolated to OHS? I want ALL schools in District 308 safe and with armed police officers ALL next week. I know my children are only in elementary school but after knowing what is going on I believe I would rather "over-react" and keep my precious children home, then to send them to school with unknowns. I appreciate any input or insight.
Martin December 16, 2012 at 02:36 PM
JimmyJ, You just hit one of what I think the main problems in schools...everyone wins. Kids can't play dodgeball for fear of hurting a kids feelings because he can't catch the ball, dodge out of the bal, or heaven forbid..takes a ball in the face. When kids play softball\baseball\football, everyone gets to bat or what ever and no score is kept and noone losing. Kids get out in the real world and find that there are winners and losers...lots of losing in the real world and can't handle it.
JimmyJ December 16, 2012 at 07:40 PM
It's Sunday afternoon..has there been any update from the District since Friday?

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