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District statement regarding cafeteria incident on Tuesday, Sept. 11

September 14, 2018

Three students were involved in an incident in the South Glens Falls High School cafeteria on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018.

The high school staff intervened following emergency response protocols to immediately defuse the incident.

“Violence is never the answer and we do not tolerate it in our schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Kristine Orr. “We want our community to know that the district takes these situations very seriously. We are committed to embracing a school culture where all students demonstrate respect for themselves, their peers and staff.”

All students are held to standards outlined in the district’s code of conduct, including disciplinary procedures. Students are also expected to follow the high school handbook.

Student safety is paramount in the South Glens Falls schools. All district schools have been focusing on being places that are free from hate and bullying in the past several years, as part of the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate campaign. The district takes the idea of school culture seriously, and has been implementing programs in every building that promote kindness, inclusivity and positive behavior.

“We work tirelessly to make our school a safe and welcoming place for students, and we will continue to reinforce appropriate behavior and building a positive school climate,” said South Glens Falls High School Principal Peter Mody. “This is not representative of the culture of our school. It is an isolated incident.”

High school students who need additional support at any time are encouraged to contact the high school’s counseling office.

View a letter from SGFHS Principal Pete Mody to parents here.

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