Announcement - May 25, 2017

Situation Update: 5/25/2017


This morning, Randy Fugate, Principal of Del Norte High, received an email indicating potential acts of violence against Del Norte High students.  He and I immediately coordinated with Crescent City Police Chief Ivan Minsal and Del Norte County Sheriff Erik Apperson to begin preventative response measures.  Both departments were incredibly supportive in their responses and assistance.  The email also referenced Pelican Bay, so the District coordinated with PBSP administration in our discussions and investigation, as well.  Contrary to a news blast issued from the College of the Redwoods Eureka campus, there was no “high alert.”  The threat has been assessed and is considered by local and state law enforcement as being not credible,  and there was no active shooter or lockdown.  Classes at the high school are continuing as normal.  We have collaboratively increased security measures at DNHS, however, to ensure, insofar as we are able, the safety of students, staff, and the community, and the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office is providing additional monitoring at school campuses throughout the county.  We do ask that you encourage the community to support our students and their education by getting information directly from law enforcement or official school or district sources. 


Again, support by all of our local law enforcement departments, including PBSP and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officers, and increased situation monitoring provided by the Del Norte Sheriff and Crescent City Police has been overwhelmingly appreciated.   Thank you, too, to the DNHS teachers for working with students to get them through the situation and to DNHS administration for their quick response.


Jeff Harris

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