On May 9th a threat was found on a bathroom wall in Mary E. Volz School. The graffiti mentioned a threat may occur the following day, May 10th, the building was searched and deemed secure by law enforcement officials. While many parts of the investigation are unable to be disclosed to the public, there are some pieces of information that we can share. The investigation conducted by the administration produced the student who was involved in writing the threat. The investigation determined that the graffiti included an inappropriate phrase used by the student and that it was a child acting out instead of a credible threat. However, both the school and the police take this matter very seriously and the appropriate consequences have been dispensed to the student. The specifics of the consequences will not be made public because it is a confidential matter. However, we can assure everyone that the matter was handled appropriately.The safety of our Runnemede children will continue to be our most important goal moving forward. Thank you for your cooperation during this situation. If you have any questions, feel free to call the board office so we can explain our procedures to make you feel more comfortable about any of our schools.
MESSAGE TO ALL PARENTS AND STAFF
Late this afternoon, a staff member from the Mary E. Volz School identified and reported an alleged bomb threat that was written on a bathroom wall within the Mary E. Volz School. Upon notification, district personnel immediately evacuated the school and contacted the Runnemede Police Department.
The Runnemede Police Department, in collaboration with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, the Medford Police Department, and the Deptford Police Department, conducted a full and comprehensive K-9 sweep of the Mary E. Volz School. Results yielded no evidence of a threat within the school, nor the perimeter of the building.
Our school and district administration, in conjunction with local law enforcement officials, will be vigilant in our investigation to identify the person or persons responsible for this threat. The Runnemede Police will be providing increased patrols around the Mary E. Volz School. Although the threat was specific to the Mary E. Volz School, police patrols will be increased around all three of our districts schools.
Our schools will be in session Friday, May 10, 2013. There will be an increased adult and police presence at our schools throughout the day, and staff at the Mary E. Volz School will be briefed upon arrival to school in the morning.We will maintain an open line of communication with all members of our school community as we become apprised of any further information. We encourage any member of our school community including parents, staff, and students to please contact a school or district administrator if they should have any information pertinent to this situation. Finally, our district would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the Runnemede, Deptford, and Medford Police Departments, as well as the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, for its prompt and efficient response to assist us in securing the safety and security of our students and staff.