In the past several weeks, I have contacted Maumelle Middle School parents to advise them that there have been hand-written student notes – each by a different student – indicating the threat of a bomb that has required evacuation of the building and police searches. I’m writing today to let the community know how we have acted related to these incidents. The school and Pulaski County Special School District take these incidents very seriously. A bomb threat – even by a juvenile – is a felony. Three of the students involved at the middle and high school were arrested and taken to juvenile jail. They are all recommended for expulsion. Maumelle Police Chief Sam Williams has spoken to our students in an assembly about the gravity of these notes, the potential for harm to students during an evacuation and the cost associated with them. We have appealed to our students to listen and watch for talk about copy-cat threats and to report them to a trusted teacher or administrator.
We appreciate our parents’, the Maumelle Police Department’s and the community’s support through this challenging time, and we ask that you remember that these incidents are the result of a couple of students who have made very poor choices. Maumelle Middle School has 890 outstanding students who, on a day-to-basis, do what is right, work hard and are achieving great things. We have student organizations collecting crayons for Children’s Hospital, food for Rice Depot and necessities for the homeless. Academically, the Benchmark scores we received over the summer have risen significantly in every area. (As an example, in literacy they went up 10 points in sixth grade, 23 points in seventh grade and six points in eighth grade. And they’re up in math, too!) Our sports teams are practicing hard and winning games. If you stop at the school, you will witness students quietly reading in the library, using technology and enjoying lunch in the cafeteria. Basically, it’s business as usual.
If you have any questions, feel free to call the school at 851-8990. Thank you again for your concern and continued support of Maumelle Middle School.
Principal, Maumelle Middle School