Correction to the Article in the Gettysburg Times Today

May 16, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,


The Gettysburg Times inaccurately reported the facts by mistake after the May 15th, 2017 board meeting.  There were two executive sessions at the school board meeting to discuss different matters.  The first was to listen to public comments about the student who made an inappropriate comment.  The second was to discuss a disciplinary issue involving an elementary student and a personnel matter.  The incidents were completely separate.

I am writing this communication to inform you of the facts and to reassure you we will continue to ensure the safety of all students.    This communication serves as a good example of why personnel matters around students and staff are confidential, especially when the facts cannot be substantiated.  Without the facts people draw their own conclusions.  Personally, I would like nothing more than to share information of any and all cases about sensitive issues to set the record straight; however, this would infringe upon individual rights.  

We believe protecting all students, especially the ones who cannot protect themselves is one of our primary responsibilities.  For the record, we received complaints about a student who allegedly made threats.  After countless inquiries and investigations by the principal, assistant principal, police, and superintendent we have found no evidence to support the claims being made.  There have been inappropriate comments made, but they did not rise to the level of a threat.  There is no evidence to support any threats made about the prom or graduation and therefore the student remains in school.

At this point, I am asking each person to ensure the accuracy of your statements when sharing information with others.   I want to reassure each graduating senior that we will do everything within our power to ensure you finish the year on an exciting and celebratory note.  Please focus on the upcoming graduation ceremony as a wonderful time in your journey of life.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Christopher Bigger
Superintendent