• February 20, 2018

    Griffith Parents and Guardians,

    The tragedy in Florida reminds us all of the importance of safety and security in schools. We want to assure our families that our schools have an updated school safety plan which has been created/reviewed in collaboration with local law enforcement. The members of our staff have been trained on the specifics of this plan, and we conduct periodic lock down drills to ensure that everyone knows their role during crisis. Our schools also have specific protocols for entry to our schools, and we appreciate the understanding of our parents and community members as we enforce these protocols for the safety of our children. In addition, prior to this tragic event, we had notified a company requesting an outside safety audit for our corporation which will be completed in the near future. The safety of our students remains our highest priority! Parents can help in these situations by talking and listening to your child/ren. In situations, such as the tragedy in Florida, an at-risk student shows warning signs. Some signs of potential violence may be factors such as: 

    • Serious drug or alcohol use;
    • Gang membership or strong desire to be in a gang;
    • Access to or fascination with weapons, especially guns;
    • Trouble controlling feelings like anger or disappointment;
    • Withdrawal from friends and usual participation in activities or events;
    • Regularly feeling rejected or alone;
    • Feeling constantly disrespected;
    • Increased loss of temper resulting in violent or aggressive behavior;
    • Frequent physical fighting;
    • Increased use of alcohol or drugs;
    • Increased risk-taking behavior;
    • Declining school performance;
    • Acute episodes of major mental illness;
    • Planning on how to commit acts of violence;
    • Announcing threats or plans for hurting others;
    • Obtaining or carrying weapons; and/or
    • Displaying harm or cruelty to animals

    Students in these situations will often share their plans with other students. Again, talk and listen to your child and his/her friends. Please notify the administration and law enforcement immediately if you receive or have knowledge of any information related to a potential threat to Griffith Public Schools.   If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

    Thank you,

    Michele A. Riise