Roberts Elementary, Leon County Schools address incident at after school program

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The principal of Roberts Elementary School and Leon County Schools have sent emails to parents reassuring them of their children's safety after an incident during an after school program.

The full email from Roberts Elementary Principal Kim McFarland is below.

Dear Parents,

Last Friday there was an incident, with alleged intent to harm a fellow student, that occurred in the after school program with a group of 5th grade students who had been developing a plan over a series of days. Some of you have reached out with concerns and questions. At this time, I cannot share details but I can assure that your children are safe and the situation is being handled. I met with the 5th grade students Monday morning to discuss the importance of “I see something, I say something”. Many 5th grade students knew of the potential incident but did not tell teachers or their parents. We discussed the importance of alerting adults when there is any concern for safety for themselves or their fellow students. Please discuss this with your children. It is imperative they learn this valuable skill now.

Safety is our number one priority and we continue to work diligently to maintain proper safety measures that are in place for our entire campus. When incidents like this occur it makes us reevaluate our procedures and make needed changes.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I will answer as best I can.

Have a good evening and enjoy this holiday break.

Kim McFarland

LCS Superintendent Rocky Hanna added the following:

The safety of our students will always be our number one priority.

This matter is currently being investigated by law enforcement.

I have zero tolerance for bullying or threats of violence of any kind.

The district will always look to enhance student safety and we encourage students, staff and parents to report any possible threatening behavior.

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