UPDATE: Schools Closed Tuesday, Sahuarita Police Investigate Social Media Threats Against 4 Schools

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UPDATE: The Sahuarita School District has cancelled school and other activities “out of an abundance of caution” on Tuesday, October 1:

September 30, 2019

Dear SUSD Families:

As you may be aware, a recent social media threat was made to three schools in Sahuarita Unified School District. An additional threat to Sahuarita Middle School was posted on social media at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2019. Given the number of threats within 24 hours, the nature of the threats, and in an abundance of caution, we have decided to close ALL SUSD schools, the Early Childhood Center, and L.I.N.K., for tomorrow, October 1, 2019, including all after school activities for grades K-8. High school after school activities will be evaluated on a case by case basis at the schools.

These incidents are quite stressful for schools, staff, students and parents, but we must take every threat seriously. We will continue to work with Sahuarita Police Department in support of a timely resolution to this matter.

Sahuarita Unified School District and Sahuarita Police Department want to make it clear that those who participate in threatening behavior may be prosecuted. Additionally, students involved in making online threats are subject to school discipline, including suspension and/or expulsion.

Please take a moment to speak with your child(ren) tonight about the seriousness of these incidents. If they see or hear something concerning, they should report it immediately. We encourage anyone that has information about these incidents to make a report to the SPD tip line, 344-7847, 88CRIME, or 911.

We anticipate a normal resumption of school on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. An official update and confirmation will be provided tomorrow.

We are grateful for the trust you place with us everyday, and we will always strive to honor that trust in our daily actions.

On Monday, Sahuarita Police were alerted to an online shooting threat targeting Sahuarita High school, Walden Grove High school and Anza Trail School via social media. In response, additional officers have been assigned to those schools.

Later in the day, the Department as notified of a threat to Sahuarita Middle School.

According to Sahuarita Police Department, detectives have not found credible and actionable threats at this time.

The threats are currently under investigation and detectives are currently working with the social media companies to obtain further information about the alleged threats.

Officers will be stationed at the schools on Tuesday as a precaution.

 

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