A Message from MSD of Decatur Township
Following the message that was sent out yesterday regarding the non-credible threat on Snapchat, I want to assure all families that this issue has been resolved and is a “non-issue” moving forward. Working with our police, IMPD and the FBI, this situation was thoroughly vetted and the person(s) responsible has been identified and are being addressed accordingly.
In addition, I want to provide clarity that these situations appear in a moment’s notice. As a school district who can be in contact with many viable resources at any given time – we move as fast as possible to either confirm or further investigate that a threat is 1) credible or potentially credible, or 2) non-credible. If a situation is deemed credible or potentially credible, the school district will use all forms of communication to inform our community’s families to proceed with caution. If a situation is identified as “non-credible,” we will also communicate this information with families and ensure everyone that we have determined that the issue in under control and student safety is not compromised.
With this in mind, two other factors play a role in communication. The timing of which we receive a potential threat will impact the school district’s ability to classify it as either credible (or still a possibility) or non-credible. As we get closer to the start of a school day, additional forms of communication will be used to assist in getting that information out as soon as possible.
The second factor is the use of social media. As a school district, we may use social media – as we did yesterday – to get what we can out to you, as factual as possible, without compromising an investigation or the ability to verify the facts required when making a decision that is safe for all students, families and the community. Therefore, MSD of Decatur Township will always push out the most accurate, up-to-date information. MSD of Decatur Township, along with appropriate government agencies, focuses on having prepared statements so that we, as an entire school community, can classify whether or not a situation is credible (unsafe) or non-credible (safe).
Please support us in sharing the message we provide, as we together, work for the safety of all of our children. Again, together, we are Decatur Proud!