Little Miami E-News
March 24th, 2023
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Performance - THIS WEEKEND!
An Important Message from Prosecutor Fornshell
The following is an important message from Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell’s Office regarding threats made by students. This message is intended for all families of Warren County school districts. While it is lengthy, its clear message is important for all to know and understand.
The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office has prosecuted over 50 cases over the past four years involving school-related threats towards teachers, students, and school facilities themselves. These threats have come in various forms including verbal, notes, writings on restroom walls, social media postings, and actual possession of weapons on school grounds. Fortunately, law enforcement determined that most of these threats had not developed beyond the making of the threatening statements. However, in all of these incidents, a significant amount of law enforcement resources was expended to investigate the seriousness of each threat.
Neither the school districts nor law enforcement has a clear way of distinguishing between a credible threat, a troubled student simply acting out, or a “bad joke.” As the recent shooting at Richneck Elementary in Virginia (where a 6-year-old boy shot his teacher) demonstrates, these incidents can happen anywhere, at any time, with any age student. Therefore, the school districts and law enforcement must treat each threat as if the safety of all students is at risk. In doing so, the education of our students is put on hold, and law enforcement personnel are pulled away from their daily efforts to keep our community safe.
For these reasons, the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office treats threats of school-related violence very seriously. Charges against the aforementioned juveniles have included inducing panic (school grounds), illegal conveyance of weapons (school grounds), making false alarms, which are misdemeanor and felony-level offenses. The protocol that our office has recommended to all Warren County law enforcement agencies is that a juvenile who is discovered engaging in this type of conduct will be charged with a felony-level offense. The juvenile will be immediately arrested and taken to Warren County Juvenile Detention Center, where the Court will hold the child until mental health professionals are able to conduct a risk assessment on the juvenile. Additionally, if found guilty of the offense(s), our office is recommending a sentence of at least 90 days in the Juvenile Detention Center, in addition to whatever discipline the school district issues. This policy will be enforced regardless of whether the threat is subsequently determined to be credible, or simply a bad joke.
Finally, I would like to express my appreciation for our local school districts, their administration, teachers, and staff for their efforts to address situations involving threats against schools. In these cases, our school districts’ personnel really are the “first responders.”
As a parent myself of school-aged children, I understand each parent’s apprehension when these types of incidents occur, and their desire to quickly obtain information from the school district. With today’s technology, students are able to relay to their parents in real-time that “something” is happening, without knowing the complete facts. Parents are always going to receive these communications more quickly than they will receive communication from the school districts, and that information is typically relayed via social media instantaneously.
Please note that in the few minutes after a threat is received, the school districts’ first priorities are (1) ensuring the safety of all students; and (2) assisting law enforcement with our investigative efforts to ascertain the culprit and eliminate any ongoing safety issues. As soon thereafter as possible, the school districts will then notify parents with current, accurate information as to what is occurring. Quick communication with parents is a goal, but it cannot come at the expense of the first priority in those few moments after a threat is made, which is to protect the children who might be at risk.
-Prosecutor David P. Fornshell
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LMHS YEARBOOK NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Attention Students & Families:
Yearbook needs your help! If you have images from the following winter activities please send them to Yearbook@lmsdoh.org. We are looking for photos from Swimming, Wrestling, and Bowling.
If you wish to purchase an ad for your Senior, you can do so on the yearbookforever.com site.
Are You Registered to Vote?
Voter Registration Deadlines
- April 3, 2023 for the May 2, 2023 Primary and Special Election
- July 10, 2023 for the August 8, 2023 Special Election
- October 10, 2023 for the November 7, 2023 General Election
Imagination Library - ENROLL TODAY
DID YOU KNOW? By the age of three, a child’s brain is already 80% developed, and, by the time a child enters kindergarten, they must already know thousands of words in order to succeed in the classroom. Reading aloud to a child and giving them access to books is the best way to ensure they are prepared to enter kindergarten.
The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library wants to start a new chapter in early childhood literacy throughout Ohio by providing families with books. With the goal of preparing students entering Kindergarten for success in the classroom, the Imagination Library program will send a customized book to your child each month from birth until age five. Sign up is easy and FREE! Give your Panther the gift of reading & enroll today.
Crisis Text Line - “4hope” to 741 741
You are not alone. Do you need help now?
Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.
Any person may need help in coping with a stressful situation. Reach out by text to communicate with someone trained to listen and respond in a method that is private, secure and confidential.
The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices. Data usage while texting Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill with the mobile service carrier. People of all ages can use Crisis Text Line.
For more information about the Crisis Text Line and for supporting resources, please visit the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services website.
March 24th-26th: LMHS Spring Musical
March 28th: LM Board of Education Meeting - 7 PM
- LMHS Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30-7 PM
- Job/Career Fair/Junior Parent Night 5:30-6:30 PM
- LMECC PTO Meeting 7 PM
- LMPR PTO Meeting 7 PM
April 6th: Grades 4 & 5 Family Engagement Session @ Central Office - 6:30-7:30 PM
April 7th-14th: SPRING BREAK!
April 21st: Advisory Schedule at LMHS
April 25th: LM Board of Education Meeting - 7 PM
April 26th: Senior Top 10 Signing Day
April 27th: NHS Induction Ceremony
April 29th: Fine Arts Festival at LMHS