If you’ve been following the local news you’ve undoubtedly heard the story of a Hilliard Davidson High School student who is being held at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center after he was arrested in connection with a plot to carry out a mass shooting. The young man has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
I don’t know any more about the specifics of this case than what has been reported. But I read that the alleged plan to carry out a school shooting was reported by two high school girls who took their concerns to a school resource officer. In my book those two high school girls are real heroes.
It’s not easy in high school to see something and then say something, but it’s really the only way to make sure we are keeping one another safe. All across the United States we have been dealing with a rash of public incidents of violence. Sadly school shootings have become a part of our modern lives. Rarely does something happen in a high school setting that was a total secret. Usually, as in the case above, the potential perpetrator tells someone ahead of time about their plans. Unfortunately, sometimes those warnings are dismissed as likely untrue.
For all of us working with students it’s critical that we teach our children that if they see or hear something they need to tell someone. As parents if our children or the friends of our children tell us of events we need to act. At a school level we’re working in Worthington to make certain that every child has a trusted adult that they know cares about them and believes in them. If our students hear of potential acts of violence they need to tell that trusted adult, an administrator in the school or even the local police. If students or families are uncomfortable with saying something they can always anonymously call our safe schools hotline at 1 (866) 871-0926.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. If you see something or hear something, say something. Please make sure your children know to do the same. I’m thankful that two young ladies in Hilliard had the courage to do just that.
- Trent Bowers, Superintendent