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Letter from SGFHS Pete Mody to parents re 9/11/2018 incident

September 14, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I regret the reason for my e-mail this evening. As you may have heard, there was an altercation in the high school cafeteria yesterday afternoon. Our staff was able to respond to separate the involved parties and the school nurse was able to evaluate any person who was involved physically. South Glens Falls Central Schools will not tolerate the behavior that was perpetrated yesterday by the students involved in this incident. I am disturbed by the conduct of the students who instigated the violence and we will be following through with consequences for the involved parties as per district and board of education procedure and policy, as well as our South Glens Falls High School Code of Conduct. We became aware this morning that another party, who was aware of the intent of the two students who perpetrated the violence, opted to take video and then share it instead of alerting a staff member of what was about to happen. That student has also been assigned consequences according to the code of conduct. These actions fly directly in the face of the expectations for our students and stand directly at odds with the culture and dynamic we are trying to grow in our building.

For students who were witness to what transpired, we had school counselors available throughout the day should they need emotional support. I want to reiterate that we, as a school, will not tolerate that type of behavior when so many people in this building, staff and student alike, work so very hard to make South Glens Falls High School a safe and welcoming place. I am saddened by what transpired yesterday as I take the safety and welfare of our staff and students to the deepest heart. Such actions and their respective consequences will not be considered lightly.

If you have questions, concerns, or information you would like to share, please do not hesitate to call my office at 518-792-9987.

Sincerely,

Pete Mody
Principal
South Glens Falls HS

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