Quick Action Taken for the Safety of Students
On December 20, 2012, the Fortuna Police Department received information that a student was planning on bringing a weapon to the Fortuna Union High School campus
to possibly engage in acts of violence.
Upon receiving this information, the department met with high school and district administration and began working together to ensure the safety of students and staff.
Fortuna High School administration and Fortuna Police Department determined that canceling class at the high school today was the safest option and would give officials adequate time to conduct a thorough investigation.
The Fortuna Police Department and high school administrators worked late into the night to complete a thorough investigation and determined that the information was false.
Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that other students had also became aware of this information and were discussing bringing weapons to school for self-protection should an incident occur on campus.
“Throughout this investigation, the safety of student and staff was the first priority of both the department and the school,” said Sergeant Charles Ellebrecht. “Together, we decided that canceling class was the best option.”
Despite recent events, schools are one of the safest places kids can be. The Fortuna Police Department works closely with all schools, public and private, within our city to enhance safety for students and staff, their release said.
“Officers train for a variety of emergencies in strong partnerships with school staff, who are dedicated to the education and safety of children. There are procedures in place, such as shelter in place, evacuations, and lockdowns that can be implemented depending on the given situation,” FPD said.
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Thank you, Fortuna Police and Mr. Senestraro.
(Posted by Skippy Massey)