A Message from Superintendent Markley – School Safety is Everyone’s Business

Dear Parents:

This has been a challenging week for us all in light of the recent events that have happened – both nationally and locally.  I’d like to take a moment to reiterate that ensuring safety in our schools is our top priority. The district experienced several threats this week, and upon investigation, they were found to have no credibility; however, please understand that communicating a threat to a school is a felony, and there will be serious consequences for anyone who does this.

We ask for patience from parents as law enforcement investigates these cases, and please understand that we are legally mandated to maintain the confidentiality of minors, particularly during an investigation.  We take each threat seriously, and each threat is thoroughly investigated.

We are doing everything possible to keep our schools safe, and we continually look for ways to improve. You can help by encouraging your student to alert a parent, teacher, counselor, principal or other trusted adult regarding any suspicious activities, threats or disturbing information.  “If you see something, say something.”

This weekend, please take a moment to speak with your child about the consequences of communicating a threat of violence against a school. What may seem like a harmless prank can result in the student facing criminal charges and school disciplinary actions. We don’t want any of our students to be this situation.

Thank you for choosing New Hanover County Schools for your student and we appreciate your support.


Dr. Tim Markley

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