TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) helps high schools build and grow sustainable computer science programs by pairing trained computer science professionals – from across the tech industry – with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science in high schools throughout the US. Industry volunteers and partner teachers create a ripple effect, impacting the students they teach, and the many students who will study CS in the future. Quincy High School is in their second year of teaming up with the TEALS organization and has been able to introduce many students to world of computer science.
We are writing to share with you about an issue of school safety.
Recently, there have been multiple reports in the local and national media about threats to schools. You may have seen on the news information about “creepy clown sightings.” Some of the reports in the media have threatening messages that are posted with pictures of creepy clowns.
Today, we found a threatening message written on a wall at Quincy High School that appeared to share some of the same characteristics with those reported in the media. Law enforcement was immediately called and they are helping us investigate the incident. We perceive this threat to be linked to some of the scare tactics being used around the nation on social media. The goal of the individuals spreading threats is to cause disruption in schools and scare people.
We take all threatening statements seriously and work with students and staff to investigate and find out who is responsible. In addition, we ask our students and staff be extra vigilant and will work with the Quincy Police Department to have additional police officers, in and around the school over the next few days. Please know that safety of our students and staff is our number one priority.