Following is an announcement released today by Peter Osroff, Principal of the Garden City Middle School, regarding this week’s two bomb scares:
I am pleased to report that we have identified the student who made a false bomb threat in our school. Moreover, please be advised that we will continue the investigation to insure that he/she acted alone.
Without divulging confidentiality, please be advised of our practice with regard to student actions which threaten the safety of the children and staff in our building:
The perpetrating student is suspended five days (the most allowed by law) by the principal who then makes a recommendation to the superintendent to hold a hearing to consider additional consequence. The superintendent has the authority to suspend a student for up to a year.
The principal files a formal complaint with the Garden City Police Department who then determines to either directly arrest or make a referral to Family Court — in both cases the action is considered an arrest.
The students were informed this morning that we are collectively responsible to keep each other safe and that they should inform their parents or the school if they ever learn of a threat. I also reassured them that the perpetrator was caught so they may relax in school when they take their exams. The children were also informed of the standard actions which will result if these crimes were ever repeated by another student.
We will continue with the restricted number of available bathrooms to ensure that the cycle has been broken. We also had police presence in the building today to demonstrate to the children how seriously we take these actions.
Please know that I take the safety of all of our children here in school as sacrosanct as the safety of my own children, and all decisions are made within this frame of mind. Please know that as principal I singularly followed the recommendations of the on-site police officials throughout the past challenging days. I understand that there are parents who disagree with some of our undertaken decisions, and I regret any angst we may have caused. However, please note that I must always defer to law enforcement in matters of safety.
Once again, I thank you for your support and assistance.
Peter Osroff, Principal