Email sent to parents in St. Joseph Grade School district regarding threat

An email was sent to parents at St. Joseph Grade School and Middle School today to inform them about a situation that took place at the middle school. 

The email, sent from Superintendent Todd Pence, said that the staff at the district had been having discussions with students regarding “seeing something and saying something” and due to those discussions this situation came to light.

“We encourage students to continue to do so,” the email said. 

“We were informed this morning of statements made by a student and it was determined by our local law enforcement that further investigation was warranted. The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation. At this time the investigation is ongoing.” 

The email goes on to state that the student who made the statements was not in attendance today and will not return until the investigation is complete and it is determined there is no threat to students or staff. 

“We continue to keep student safety as our number one priority,” the email states. 

The email also encourages parents to use an incident request form on the district’s homepage,, to report incidents to the schools. The reports go to administration and school resource officer.

Pence said that since the investigation is ongoing he has no additional information he can share.

“We need to see what, if anything, the Sheriff’s Office investigation uncovers,” he said. 

Pence did say he wants students and staff to know how important it is to tell the administration if they see or hear something worrisome.

“I can't stress how important it is for students and parents to ‘see

something, say something’  this incident is a prime example, because many of the concerns were months old and no one said anything at the time,” Pence said.

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