School District Seeking Parent Feedback Regarding Online Threats
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George School District is asking parents for their feedback on how the District responded to last week’s “bogus social media threats.”
The threats prompted the school district to restrict student movement at all schools Thursday and at high schools the following day.
Those who wish to share their experiences and/or recommendations regarding events on October 6 and October 7 are asked to forward them via email to Oct2016communityfeedback@sd57.bc.ca.
Hard copy comments can be returned to your child’s school addressed to 2016 October Community Feedback.
One parent who wasn’t pleased with the school district’s response was Gillian Burnett, chairperson of the Prince George Parent Advisory Council.
“As a parent we want to know that our children are safe so it is important that the RCMP and the school district have protocols in place to keep our kids safe,” she told 250News.
“However we have heard reports that perhaps the protocols were a little inconsistent across the district and that’s something perhaps that needs to be looked into.”
Burnett added updates on the situation weren’t updated to the district’s website quickly enough.
“Lots of parents were looking for information and unable to access it.”
250News requested an interview with the superintendent regarding this concern, but did not receive a response. However in a letter sent home with children in the school district, she did release the following statement:
“Responsibility for social media hoaxes rests with those who create the messages and with the social context in which this behaviour is formed.
“We can all assist children and youth by monitoring on-line behaviour within our households and through ongoing discussion of appropriate digital citizenship.”