October 24, 2013
Dear Lockland Parents,
I wanted to reach out to you regarding the incident that happened Tuesday afternoon. I am pleased to report the Lockland Police determined there was no threat. It turned out to be a person wearing a large silver watch that from a distance appeared to be a weapon. The adult who made the identification of a dangerous weapon did do the right thing. We want everyone to trust their instincts and notify authorities immediately when they believe a dangerous situation is occurring. Law enforcement should be the ones to determine whether a threat is credible. This was discussed again with teachers and staff at a meeting Wednesday morning before students arrived.
We had a normal day Wednesday and today. Our staff did a wonderful job communicating to our young people about what happened, reviewed our safety procedures, and made them feel safe and secure. As the leader of this district, I couldn’t be more proud of their actions.
I want to reassure our Lockland Schools community that we will continuously monitor our emergency plan and will make necessary adjustments and modifications based on what we learned from Tuesday.
As I stated in the “all call” recently, we truly care about the safety of your child as much as you do. The law in Ohio says that school officials are considered legally “In Loco Parentis” of our students, which is Latin for “in the place of a parent” while they are in our care. Please know that we take that responsibility to heart every single day.
Yours in education,
Matt M. Bishop, Ph.D.
Lockland Local Schools