Dear Shelby Families,

It has come to our attention that a post is spreading widely on social media asking students to participate in a very dangerous activity. This post encourages students to make threats against the school in an attempt to close schools on Friday, December 17. This is a national post, not specific to Shelby, but it has created concern in our community and those around us.

In a bulletin to schools, the Ohio School Safety Center notes, “At this time, the OSSC is unaware of any information indicating credible or a specific threat to schools in Ohio. However, we encourage vigilance and the reporting of any threats or suspicious activity to authorities for vetting and investigation. Out of an abundance of caution we are sharing this information to raise awareness about these nonspecific potential threats.”

Please know, that there is no evidence of threats toward Shelby schools tomorrow. Classes will take place as normal.

It is also important to know that the Shelby schools have been in close communication with the Shelby Police Department and our School Resource Officer, Keith Swisher, will be on site throughout the day as usual. Also, do not be alarmed if you see an increased police presence at our buildings tomorrow.

Any student found participating in this type of activity will face severe consequences both from the school district and from local law enforcement.

We encourage you to talk to your child concerning the influence of social media, the seriousness of such threats, and the consequences that certain actions may have.

Thank you for your attention and continued support as we work to ensure the safety of all of our students.

Tim Tarvin
Superintendent, Shelby City Schools.