SCSD No. 2 Superintendent Addresses Potential Threat at High School, Police Presence

SCSD No. 2 Superintendent Addresses Potential Threat at High School, Police Presence

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GREEN RIVER — Sweetwater County School District (SCSD) No. 2 Superintendent Craig Barringer explained in a press release to parents and the community today that Green River High School (GRHS) is under police presence for the safety of students and employees after a potential threat was made at the high school.

The press release came after a social media announcement made earlier this morning from GRHS Principal Darren Heslep informing the public about a potential threat at the high school and that Green River Police Department (GRPD) were at the school to ensure the safety of all students.

“We have asked the police to increase their presence to help put people at ease knowing they are here to help us ensure students and staff are safe,” Heslep’s post stated.

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“We acknowledge that a recent student disciplinary event at Green River High School has resulted in concerns throughout our school and our community. We at Sweetwater County School District No. 2 take all threats seriously,” SCSD No. 2 Superintendent Craig Barringer said in the press release. “The comment made by a student at our school was thoroughly investigated and not found to be an imminent risk to our students and staff.” 

“Anytime SCSD No. 2 is made aware of a potential threat, our number one priority is to ensure that our students and staff are safe,” Barringer said in the release.

As the District works with the GRPD, Barringer said they follow the established protocols and procedures: 

  • Contact the Green River Police Department / School Resource Office 
  • Locate the potential imminent threat/danger
  • Coordinate with local police department to conduct any interviews, searches, and/or other actions necessary 
  • Local police department will conduct a home search and any parent interviews. Further investigations outside of the school district will be handled by the local police department. 
  • As the potential threat/danger is identified and any imminent danger is ruled out, a trained school psychologist will complete a threat/risk assessment to determine any and all necessary actions which may be necessary moving forward.
  • As information is collected and analyzed, student(s) will face any disciplinary action, which may include expulsion from school. 

“Please know that we take all threats seriously, and while recognizing the importance of maintaining student’s confidentiality rights, we will also investigate and work to resolve any potential risk to the students of SCSD No. 2,” Barringer said.