UDSD Superintendent's Comments on Monday Morning Incident
Superintendent Michael Pladus discusses the Monday morning incident that occurred at Upper Dublin High School.
Editor's Note: This was sent via the Upper Dublin School's e-mail listserv:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
In his remarks to the nation this past week-end, President Obama stated that the people of Newtown, Connecticut, were not alone and that their suffering would be shared by all of us as Americans as we all feel the impact of the worst school shooting in our nation's history.
All of our school faculties and staffs met this morning prior to the arrival of students to better prepare for what questions students might have and what they might be feeling in the aftermath of Friday. Little did we know that a situation at our high school this morning would result in much concern and media attention.
In the course of reviewing video monitors at the high school, one of our security guards noticed an image of a student holding something, that although difficult to see clearly, appeared as if it could be a gun of some type. The behavior of the student along with a few other students with him seemed suspicious, and the high school administration immediately notified the Upper Dublin Police and announced a "lock down" to have students remain in first period classes. A police investigation immediately ensued, and it was determined (thankfully) that the object in question was an umbrella.
When interviewed by the local media, a question was asked of our Assistant Superintendent, Bob Schultz, whether or not today's events would have unfolded the same way had Friday not occurred. This is not an easy one to answer, but given the circumstances I believe we would have proceeded as we did. In truth, the nature of Friday's tragedy has created a heightened sense of concern and alarm for all of us, but ensuring the safety of all students and staff is always our priority. The high school administration, the security guards, the faculty, staff, and students with the immediate assistance of the Upper Dublin Police Department all were commendable in their response.
I’m sure you agree that this was a difficult day for all of us. On behalf of the Board of School Directors, Administration, faculty and staff, we appreciate your understanding and support.
Superintendent of Schools