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Chiles High School Receives Anonymous Threat

Chiles High School
Posted at 9:49 AM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 05:49:20-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- School administration at Chiles High School received an anonymous threat to the campus on Tuesday, May 16 about a threat that would take place on Wednesday, May 17.

School leaders say they are taking the threat seriously and have added extra security.

Officials say if parents chose to keep their students home for safety reasons their absences will be excused.

Chiles school leaders also dealing with a disturbance caused by students displaying confederate flags. Students were told not to bring the flags back for the remainder of the school year.

Administrators say this has been an ongoing situation and earlier this year they had a quote "Dialogue with the students and informed them of their limited first amendment rights and historical symbolism associated with the confederate flag.."

Officials say they were then told about potential consequences if the flags caused a disturbance.

Administration send out an email to parents, community members,  faculty and staff about both incidents. 

The full text of the email is below from the principal:

"Dear Parents, Community Members, Faculty Members and Staff,

Please take your time to read the following carefully:

I want to assure all of you that the safety of our students is the most important thing we provide every day.  Your children are safe here at Chiles.  Earlier this evening, our administration received an anonymous notification of a potential threat to our campus tomorrow.  We take all possible threats seriously and have alerted the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the Superintendent along with the Leon County Schools Safety and Security Office.  Both agencies will have staff members here to add additional security to our campus.  Classes and activities will take place as normal.  Parents, you make the decision for what is best for your child and if you choose to keep your students at home their absences will be excused.

I also want to make you aware of a situation that occurred on campus today.  This is the possible source of tensions and raw feelings for our students.  In the spring, a handful of Chiles students displayed Confederate flags in the back of their vehicles.  Administrators opened a dialogue with the students and informed them of their limited First Amendment rights and historical symbolism associated with the Confederate Flag felt by various groups of students at Chiles High School.  Administrators also informed the students of the ramifications if their actions created a disturbance on campus. This morning, after some commotion on campus, the students were asked to remove the flags.  As there are only two weeks of school remaining, students have been instructed not to display the flags for the remainder of the year and moving forward.

As a public school, we believe in the freedom of expression by our students.  However, if student behavior causes a disruption to the educational environment the student code of conduct establishes an appropriate administrative response.

We appreciate your continued support of our students, faculty, and staff.

Please feel free to contact my administrative staff or me with any further questions or concerns.

Thank you and take care."