Goshen police increasing presence at schools this week

GOSHEN — Additional police officers will be present at Goshen High School this week, according to a press release issued late Saturday afternoon by the Goshen Police Department.

According to the release, on Friday afternoon, the Goshen Police Department School Resource Officer assigned to the high school was contacted by the staff of Goshen Community Schools in reference to a note left in a girls’ restroom. The note contained threatening statements.

“Though the note may not be a legitimate threat to students or staff at GHS, our department will take every precaution to protect our children and allow them to attend school without being in fear,” the release said.

Additional officers will be present at Goshen High School throughout next week.

This investigation into this note and its author is on-going and there is no additional information available at this time.

This is the latest in a string of incidents at local high schools in which notes or writings found in bathrooms elicted a serious response from school officials and law enforcement. 

In a previous incident on Feb. 23, at Goshen High School, extra security was put in place following a “concerning” social media post, though no credible threat was found.

Goshen school administrators contacted the police Friday morning after being made aware of statements of concern posted on a GHS student’s Facebook page, according to a joint news release from Goshen Community Schools and Goshen Police Department.

Police said their investigation determined the potential threat was not credible.

“It is not uncommon for young people to express their anxiety in misguided or inappropriate ways, and Goshen authorities will continue to take any such expressions very seriously,” the release related to the Feb. 23 incident said. “While this threat was deemed not to be credible, the school district and law enforcement officials always work together to ensure the safety of all students and staff, and will continue to be diligent in our efforts to do so.”

The statement also noted how the recent Florida shooting that left 14 students and three staff members dead was a tragedy that’s been difficult for many students to process and understand.

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