By Jonnel Lewis '19
On Monday, November 12th, 2018 around 10:30-11pm, a text message was shared with multiple students suggesting that Fontbonne was a threat for a potential violent attack. Havoc ran throughout social media as students were fearful to return to school the next day. Students alerted parents who then contacted the administration. Once administration was informed, they contacted the 68th Precinct as well as the students involved in the incident.
According to students, especially Freshwomen, they were contacted by an anonymous person who said, “They’re coming to the school to shoot it up.” While students tried to uncover the truth of the threat, the story began to change. It was as if they were playing a game of telephone - the truth began to get twisted up so much it spiraled out of control.
When the police finally got a hold of the situation, they said that there was no real threat to the school. The administration sent out an email stating, “The messages that were sent to the police also included the original post, which never stated that the school, or anyone at the school, would be subject to an attack.” They also assured parents and students that it would be safe to return to school the following day.
The administration had police patrol at school the following day, November 13th. However, over one hundred and fifty students had not returned to school as they were still fearful from the potential threat. As many shootings, especially school shootings, have taken place in 2018, it is understandable that students and parents did not want to risk their lives, even if the threat was not real.
As a Fontbonne Hall Academy community, it is important that when you hear or see something that can negatively affect you and others, especially if it’s a threat of violence or anything unsafe, you must say something. And we appreciate those students who indeed said something. We urge that students take precaution in what they share online because the wrong post can cause turmoil within and outside our family.
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