Important Message from Dr. Vitti Regarding Recent Threats
DPSCD Community of Staff, Families, Students,
As you may know, DPSCD and other local school districts have experienced a recent increase in social media threats against our schools. As of this email, none of these social media threats have been credible, but instead are copycat pranks rooted in humor or attempts to cancel school. We treat each and every threat to a school seriously. Each and every threat will be investigated to determine who posted the threat. Today, technology does exist to track down who posted the threat. The individual who does post a threat will be removed from their school, recommended for a year of expulsion from all Michigan school districts, and be arrested. Each school that is a target of a social media threat will have additional police at the school. We will communicate all threats to the school community. To be clear, however, we will not cancel school as a result of each threat or we will only provide the prankster with what they want—to cancel school. This only increases copycat threats. If our initial investigation reveals any information that the threat is credible or specific, then school will be cancelled.
We need everyone’s commitment and cooperation to stop these threats. This includes all staff but certainly families and students. Families, you must have a conversation with your children about the serious consequences these threats have on your children and the disruption it creates to the community. Please do not assume that your child understands this. Have the direct conversation with them about this today. Please also actively monitor your child’s activity with their phones. Students, please hold each other accountable to stopping pranks and reporting who is behind them.
Together we will stop adding additional anxiety on the experiences of our students and staff, keep everyone safe, and use resources to better serve our students!
Nikolai P. Vitti. EdD
Superintendent of Schools
Detroit Public Schools Community District