Hi, everyone. This is Nordonia Schools Superintendent Joe Clark.
The Nordonia Hills City School District holds student and staff safety as its highest priority.
As you may be aware, students across the nation are planning a short walk-out tomorrow in remembrance of the victims of the Florida school shooting. We are aware of a group of Nordonia High School students planning a similar protest in which they will be meeting in the gymnasium for about 20 minutes. No Nordonia faculty or staff member is involved in the planning of this event, and no faculty or staff member will participate. We will be prepared to supervise for security’s sake, and we have invited extra Macedonia police officers on to campus for additional security.
In the meantime, other students are using the protest as an opportunity to spread panic throughout the community. You may have seen postings on social media tonight saying that Nordonia High School has received a credible threat of violence. This is false. You may have seen on social media tonight that a student was arrested for making a threat. This is also false. I can confirm that there have been no threats made to student safety during tomorrow’s protest or any other future time.
Rest assured, if any threats had been made, we would work hand-in-hand with our local police forces and keep in constant communication with you.
We do appreciate the number of phone calls and emails we have gotten asking about the alleged threat. That is exactly what we hope you would do. But again, student and staff safety is our highest priority, and I want to repeat that there is absolutely no threat to the school.
Have a great night.
Joe Clark, Ph.D.