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Posted 3/8/2013 by Dani-Mani in NSBR Board

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Posted: 3/8/2013 9:58:19 PM
Or let your administration handle it?

Long story short, my sister, a 9th grade teacher, had a child recently suspended due to completely out of control in my sisters class. The mother stood up for the daughter and could care less.

The kid then put out a tweet that she was going to drive through the city we live in and "hunt [my sister] down."

My sister immediately notified her administration with a personal, after hours call.

But we're at odds about notifying the local police.

Your thoughts?


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Posted: 3/8/2013 10:01:15 PM
I would call the police. No question.

The administration is not at her house and it is the weekend. That young lady has nothing to do but engage in mischief.


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Posted: 3/8/2013 10:01:37 PM
I'd definitely take a print of the tweet.

If I thought she was serious, I'd call the police.


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Posted: 3/8/2013 10:03:58 PM
I worked for more than a decade in an alternative high school. I would call the police and let them decide how to best handle the situation. This is not a threat I would dismiss.

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Posted: 3/8/2013 10:05:08 PM
I'd call in a millisecond.

That's serious chit.


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Posted: 3/8/2013 10:05:39 PM
In my school, we (administration) would call immediately.

If I were her and the administration didn't call the police themselves, I would be inclined towards calling.

It's probably a pissed off kid blowing off steam. It would make me too nervous and I would feel like the situation should at least be documented. I think this is one you have to take seriously whether the threat seems real or not.


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Posted: 3/8/2013 10:09:02 PM
I'm not a teacher, and I'm also not one to overreact but I would call the police. It's probably an empty threat but what if it's not? And even if it is an empty threat she needs to learn you don't say stuff like that. I'd say a police visit would drill that lesson in very well.


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Posted: 3/8/2013 10:11:45 PM

I'd call in a millisecond.

That's serious chit.

I'm with Chele. It's not something to mess with

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Posted: 3/8/2013 10:15:24 PM
Yes I would call the police.

Our administration will call the police for incidents that happen at school (fights, assaults, property destruction) and the teachers are supposed to let it go through the office.

A tweet did not happen at school and thus needs to be reported a little differently.

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Posted: 3/8/2013 10:16:07 PM
I wouldn't hesitate to notify the police. Sounds like this kid needs monitoring.


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Posted: 3/8/2013 10:58:19 PM
I'd call. I hope your sister does

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Posted: 3/8/2013 11:22:58 PM
Yes she should call. That isn't something to joke around with. That kid needs to know that stuff that like is taken very seriously and the police need to now be involved.

It's all just nonsense anyway!

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Posted: 3/9/2013 1:16:12 AM

I'm not a teacher, and I'm also not one to overreact but I would call the police.



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Posted: 3/9/2013 5:55:01 AM

I'm not a teacher, and I'm also not one to overreact but I would call the police.
Me too, especially given the mother attitude to the whole thing.

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Posted: 3/9/2013 6:04:18 AM
Unless there is something in her contract that she can't call. I would call.

This is no different to me than when the parents of a child assaulted in school don't call the police. Why? You report crimes to law enforcement. That's what they do they investigate, it's their job. It's the schools job to educate, not investigate.

Anyway I certainly would be calling the police.

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Posted: 3/9/2013 6:05:56 AM
I would report it to my principal, who would immediately report it to the police.

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Posted: 3/9/2013 6:31:05 AM
If she hasn't heard from the police then her admin hasn't contacted them. In this day and age she needs to call the police.

I hope your sister is safe.


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Posted: 3/9/2013 7:22:10 AM

Definitely call.


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Posted: 3/9/2013 7:26:42 AM
OMG I can't believe you are even hesitating. I would be AT the police station.


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Posted: 3/9/2013 8:40:11 AM
She should definitely call.

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Posted: 3/9/2013 8:44:06 AM
She needs to call the police.

Hopefully, it'll turn out to be an empty threat. Even so, the girl needs to learn that even if it an empty threat, it's going to be taken seriously.

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Posted: 3/9/2013 9:50:59 AM
She should absolutely call the police, I don't take threats lightly.

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Posted: 3/9/2013 10:01:17 AM
Update: she spoke with her campus resource officer (who is a real police officer with the county) and he contacted a deputy who is looking into it.

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Posted: 3/9/2013 10:27:45 AM
Good! I am glad she was able to speak to someone. Yep I would have reported it.


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Posted: 3/9/2013 11:33:31 AM
I'm glad they are looking into it!

I'm of the opinion that if in doubt - just call. The police can help you decide if it's something they will take further, right? They likely can also check into records - like knowing they get called out to the residence where the kid resides for gang/drug busts etc.

In other words, most policemen are good at what they do - let them inform you as to what you should do!
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