Dear Parents:

I am writing to give you information about two incidents that took place at the Stissing Mountain Junior-Senior High School yesterday, February 28th.  First, I apologize for waiting until this morning to notify parents of this situation.  The investigation into these incidents lasted late in the evening yesterday and I wanted to give as complete an update as possible.

We became aware of two statements made by our students.  One statement was on social media, the other was allegedly made verbally in school. Neither statement posed a direct or immediate threat/danger to our school or students. We immediately notified the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department.  Deputies and Detectives worked with our administrative staff throughout the afternoon and into the evening on this matter. Again, we can assure you that neither statement threatened immediate risk or danger to our students.

Action was taken regarding these students under the student discipline code of conduct and the matter was handed over to the Sheriff’s Department for their further processing. Due to the ongoing police investigation I cannot share specific details of these incidents.

This school district will continue to do what is necessary to protect the safety of our students and staff.

Parents can help us by explaining to their students that this kind of behavior is not a joke, not a prank, but is a crime for which there are very serious consequences.

I appreciate the support that we have received from our parents and the community.  Please know that the safety of our students and staff is our foremost concern. One final note.  We will be holding a parents meeting March 8th at 7:00 pm to give parents assistance in dealing with these issues of violence with their children.  The meeting will be held at the high school library.  If attendance warrants we will move to the cafeteria.


Thank you again,


Martin Handler,

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