We are aware of reports of a TikTok video circulating online that promotes Friday, Dec. 17 as a national school shooting and bomb threat day. Our intent with this communication is not to alarm you, but rather to keep you informed.
This information has been shared with law enforcement agencies at all levels. Our local authorities have indicated that they have not identified any credible threat to our schools, and that this viral Internet development is not associated with any specific school or school district locally, statewide or nationally.
Nevertheless, we are taking this matter seriously. We have taken a proactive approach by communicating with local police and discussing this topic in our safety team meetings. Out of an abundance of caution, the district has requested that law enforcement have a more visible presence at our schools Friday.
As always, please let this communication serve as a reminder that if you see something, say something. Anyone with information about a specific threat to any part of our school community should come forward immediately to a school official or trusted adult.
You can call your school or law enforcement directly, or contact Vince Thompson, the City School District of Albany’s director of safe schools and violence prevention, at (518) 857-5999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in education,
Kaweeda G. Adams