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To:       MTA Students, Parents, Guardians, and Staff

 

From:  Donna F. Brunette, Principal

 

RE:      Safety Concerns

 

Date:   October 3, 2019

 

Through various conversations and reports made by students, parents, and staff it is clear there are a lot people in our community feeling uneasy after hearing the report that ammunition (bullets) were found at Mt. Ararat High School.  Administration has been working with School Resource Officer, Randy Cook, with the goal of figuring out where the bullets came from but at this point we do not know who brought the bullets into our school.  The unresolved concern makes us all feel unsettled.  I wish I had answers for you all.

 

Many of you have had questions about our investigation process.  Please know that investigations focused on safety concerns involve interviews with numerous students and conducting searches as appropriate.  Attendance procedures confirm who is in school and when. The hall pass system at the high school supports identifying which students are out of the classroom during specific times throughout the day.  Cameras in various locations also serve as tools to support investigations.  These resources and reports made by individuals help us find answers and, though this investigation has been thorough, we have not been able to determine who had the bullets at school. 

 

The unresolved situation coupled with rumors and conversations focused on “what ifs” are making people question safety associated with what should be joyful events for students, our annual Field Day and Homecoming Dance.  The rumors in particular have heightened concerns - please know that the bullets found were a small caliber and not the type used with an assault weapon.  Please know that “what if” thoughts and other discussions have made people feel uncertain and scared that something may happen during one of these events.  Given the horrendous reports of violence in schools and various venues that all of us have heard or read about, and some been directly impacted by, people are alarmed.  After hearing from various people, I did feel it appropriate to ask that an additional officer be present at school on Field Day and during the Homecoming Dance. 

 

Parents, if you would like to join us for either of these events I would welcome your presence. I would ask that you check in at the main office so administration can confirm your plans for the day and assign you to a location in the building to provide additional adult presence. 

 

As always, I encourage students and parents to talk with each other and if you have a concern, please contact administration or our school resource officer. Reports can be made by way of email:

 

            Alison Pols, Assistant Principal – polsa@link75.org

            Deron Sharp, Assistant Principal – sharpd@link75.org

            Donna Brunette, Principal – brunette@link75.org

            Randy Cook, School Resource Officer – cookr@link75.org

 

You can also call the main office during the school day (207) 729-2951.  If you have a concern associated with safety come to your attention outside of the regular school day, I would ask that you contact local law enforcement. Please know that our goal is to provide a safe environment for our students to grow and learn and we follow up on every report received.  

 

Respectfully,

 

 

Donna F. Brunette, Principal





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