20211216 Letter for the desk of Dr. McGuckin

Letter from the desk of Dr. McGuckin in regards to recent nationwide TikTok threats.
Posted on 12/16/2021

Good evening, I am writing to inform you of a situation but not to alarm you. Woodland CUSD #5 has been made aware of a circulating TikTok post with a nationwide “school shooting and bomb threats for every school in the USA even elementary” that will allegedly take place on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. The original post is general and not directed at a specific school. So far, the origins of this post are unknown and there is no indication this post is within the Woodland Community.

This information has been shared with our district and school administration, our school resource officer Leland Brooke, and the Livingston County and Streator Police Departments.

Please know that, in conjunction with the Livingston County Police Department, we will continue to monitor social media and provide police presence in our educational community throughout the night during our Holiday Concert as well as tomorrow during the school day.  There are NO indications of known threats within Woodland at this time. I am sharing this notice out of an abundance of caution and as a precautionary measure.

As a reminder, tomorrow is an 11:30 AM Dismissal for students and the last day before our Holiday Break.
The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. All safety concerns to our school or students are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.
I found these points very valid in connection with reports on the incident:
 Be sure to report any concerning message you hear or see in person or online to a trusted adult, school administrator, staff member, or local law enforcement member. 
 The Safe2Help Illinois is a 24/7 program for students to share school safety issues, find resources to get help and find encouragement to help others. Reports can be submitted here. 
 Please do not promote social media rumors, instead, tell us. 
 If you feel uncomfortable about something you read, something you hear, something you see please, report it immediately so we can do something about it. 
 Parents and Guardians please know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming and using webcams. 

Woodland CUSD #5 is committed to keeping our school a safe place for learning, and we will work together to continue to keep it that way. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact Officer Brooke, Dr. McGuckin, Mr. Burcenski, Mrs. Mangrich, or Mr. Farris if you have any questions or concerns. 815-672-2900


Dr. Ryan McGuckin
Woodland CUSD #5

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