News: Rally Safe Despite Rumors
As of recently, M-A has been buzzing with rumors about the homecoming rally. Should I go to the rally? Will it be safe? Is there going to be a shooting? As all high school students know, once a rumor starts, it will spread like wildfire. The administration responded to these rumors and ensured the rally’s safety.
A few weeks ago, a couple students came forward to “express a concern about something they heard from somebody else, who heard from somebody else, who heard that a student wanted to do something at a rally,” Mr. Losekoot explains. The original accusation “was that general,” but such a comment allows one’s mind to run wild and rumors to spread.
Although this may seem like a harmless comment, when students are concerned for their safety, they must address the problem and ask for help, which is exactly what they did. In the past few weeks, the administration, mental health professionals, and the Atherton Police Department have interviewed between twenty and thirty students, along with the individual responsible for this concerning statement, to get to the root of the problem. After these extensive interviews, they came to the conclusion that this statement, although concerning, did not seem to be a threat.
The Thursday before the rally, Principal Zito sent an email to all M-A parents, addressing any rumors they may have heard. In this email he assured parents that “no evidence of an actual threat was uncovered.” He then brought them up to speed on the measures he and the administration were taking to ensure that the rally would proceed safely, despite the apparent lack of a threat.
Throughout spirit week the administration took measures to ensure the safety of the student body in light of these concerning comments. Police officers were present on campus each day of the week and more were at the rally itself. Staff members ensured that students did not bring any bags into the gym for the rally and everybody kept a watchful eye for its duration.