Police officers will be at Hudson High School Friday in response to rumors

from Staff Report Published:

Hudson -- Uniformed police officers will be at Hudson High School Friday, and staff will be on "high alert" in response to rumors of a "safety threat," according to a message from the school's principal, Brian Wilch.

"With the extra security measures in place, I want to assure all parents that students will be safe," Wilch said. "That includes my own two sons here at the high school; as a parent and as their principal, I am totally committed to student safety, as is our entire staff. We will be in a state of high alert."

Wilch reported school administrators, through the district's Safe Schools Helpline, have heard rumors that something violent may occur Friday. The rumor is specific to holiday assemblies planned at the high school for Friday, but the district does not have specific names or other details.

Officials at other high schools have similar concerns, Wilch said, as Friday is the last day of the Mayan Calendar and has prompted rumors.

"I want to assure both students and staff that we take all threats seriously; and as a result, we will have uniformed police officers in the building tomorrow, as well as central office administrators to help supervise and maintain a safe environment," Wilch reported. "We even have recruiters visiting from the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy and the United States Army."

Wilch encouraged parents and students to report anything suspicious to a teacher, guidance counselor or administrator. He also encouraged students who are uneasy or anxious to talk with guidance counselors, trusted teachers or administrators.

He said students could opt out of attending the holiday assemblies.

Read his complete message here:

http://www.hudson.edu/schools/hhs

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