October 20, 2014
Dear Lockland Parents,
I wanted to reach out to you regarding an incident that happened Friday evening at our football game. Someone reported that a young man attending the game as a spectator may have had a gun in his possession. The Lockland Police searched the young man and did not find a weapon. He and several other young people were removed from the stadium. Shortly afterward, the young man was searched again by police and this time they found a BB gun in his possession. He was taken into custody. The young man was not a Lockland student or resident. He resides in neighboring Wyoming and will not be permitted on our school property again.
I would like to thank the Lockland Police and school staff for acting quickly and providing a safe environment at our games. While we are on the subject of the games, I want to remind our students and parents that the purpose of attending our games is to support our team, talk to our friends, and have a nice time. This does not involve running around, screaming, and causing a disruption to other students and fans. We will continue to remove students who are not following these reasonable requests.
Finally, I want to address a rumor going around the school and community. We had an elementary student allege that a family member had contracted Ebola. We certainly understand the seriousness of this statement and quickly addressed the student and the parents. We cannot have students causing a panic around such a sensitive issue.
I want to reassure our Lockland school community that we will continuously monitor the health and well-being of our students and staff. We will not hesitate to involve the Hamilton County Health Department when necessary. We will be in constant communication to you and the community if such a need arises.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Yours in education,
Matt M. Bishop, Ph.D.
Lockland Local Schools