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A Message from Mr. Lawrence Regarding Student Safety

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dear LHS Parent/Guardian,

 As many of you already know, this past week we had a physical altercation take place at dismissal between some of our students.  Four members of our security team were at the scene of this incident as it occurred and intervened immediately.  Fortunately, there were no serious injuries as a result of this altercation.  Students who were identified as participants in the altercation are facing immediate disciplinary consequences as a result.  We are continuing to investigate this incident and will pursue any additional students who we receive evidence of participating in this altercation and/or are continuing to promote such activity.

The safety and well being of our students is our number one priority.  The day after this incident occurred I addressed our students in both the Annex and main buildings as to my expectations for student behavior.  I clearly outlined for our students that any behavior that might lead to and/or promote a physical altercation must stop immediately.  In addition, our administrative team has started meeting with our students in smaller groups to outline our expectations for student behavior, clarify any consequences related to involvement in physical or violent acts, and make students aware of how they should respond in similar situations moving forward.

While our conversations with students will continue through this week, I feel it is important that you as a parent are be aware of what is being discussed.  We are explaining to students that hitting or fighting others will not be tolerated.  Those who are involved in a physical altercation at school will be suspended and taken to a disciplinary hearing.  I will be recommending to the Superintendent that additional suspension time will be warranted if such an incident occurs.  Additionally, we are clarifying that throwing punches is not an act of self-defense and those who are engaging in this way will be considered engaged in a fight. Furthermore, if an altercation occurs, students should not be jumping into the incident and should not impede our staff as they attempt to break up the altercation.  For their own safety and the safety of others, we are asking our students to remove themselves from any altercation and seek out the help of an adult. 

We are fortunate to have many resources available for our students at Liverpool High School.   Our teachers, counselors, social workers, security personnel, staff, and administrators work hard to de-escalate student conflicts before things turn physical.  We are encouraging our students and their families to please reach out to us if there is a concern about a potential conflict between students.  We will take this information seriously and will do everything we can to resolve the conflict.

We thank you for any support you can provide at home in helping us to prevent future incidents.  Please feel free to contact any member of the Liverpool High School administrative team if you have any questions or concerns.


Douglas Lawrence
Executive Principal
Liverpool High School


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