“The Lebanon R-3 School District is a statewide leader in the area of school safety.”
LEBANON, Missouri- Lebanon Superintendent Dr. David Schmitz released the following letter to parents following an apparent threat of violence after a middle school student allegedly said he would bring a gun to school and “shoot other students”:
“Dear Lebanon Parents, Staff and Community Members,
In the climate caused by recent events, we acknowledge school communities across our country face concerns for student safety. I want to assure you the safety and wellbeing of each student in the Lebanon R-3 School District is our highest priority. Any and all concerns are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. We commit to be transparent in our communication regarding safety concerns and/or threats deemed credible.
Administrators have recently investigated incidents in which separate statements of a threatening nature were made at our middle school and high school. Following these investigations, appropriate discipline and notification of law enforcement was completed. As you might imagine, juveniles often make careless and inappropriate statements with little or no substance. Our staff are invested in the Lebanon community and will always take necessary actions to safeguard our schools. Details of the actions referenced here cannot be communicated under certain student privacy laws.
The Lebanon R-3 School District is a statewide leader in the area of school safety. Mr. Craig Reeves recently received the Center for Education Safety’s “Heroes Among Us” Award for his work in this area. He now serves on the Board of Directors for the Missouri School Safety Association. Our focus on school safety has been an emphasis for the Board of Education as evidenced by the addition of secure entrances in each of our school buildings. We actively train staff in how to properly respond to intruders while engaging students in safety drills throughout the school year. These drills focus on fire, inclement weather, and intruder scenarios. We partner with local law enforcement to investigate threats, prepare for emergencies, and to conduct drills and training for our students and staff so they are prepared for these types of situations.
Our school structures and processes are focused on safety. However, partnerships between our students, parents, and school staff maximize a healthy and safe environment for our school community. Efforts to inspire a passion for learning in each student must first start with positive relationships rooted in kindness and caring for one another. I look forward to our partnership as we continue to make Lebanon R-3 Schools a safe and secure place for our children.
David Schmitz, Ed.D
Lebanon R-3 School District