Westside Student Target Of Violent Threat

By: Malorie Maddox, Roger Hamer, Jeff Olson Email
By: Malorie Maddox, Roger Hamer, Jeff Olson Email

A student's father is speaking out. A threat--that names his daughter--leaves him in shock.

Steve says, "The way it was worded was just horrible."

The computer threat reads: " I just want to punch (victim's name) in the face, stab her until she slowly bleeds out, and while she bleeds out shock her repeatedly."

Steve says, "there was actually thought put into this wording. It wasn't just random."

Steve was so concerned about his daughter, he kept her home from school on Friday. Meanwhile, the Westside School District was investigating the complaint.

Kent Kingston, Executive Director of Administrative and Technology Services says, "I know our administration took it seriously. They fully investigated and they took the appropriate actions, and I'm really comfortable with what they have done."

Steve isn't. He got a text from his daughter Monday. She told him the girl that made the threat was already back in class.

Steve says, "I believe with the severity of the language something more should have been done."

Westside tells us, in many cases, students face more punishment that any of us will ever know.

Kingston says, "Many times they can't see all the little pieces that are going on."

Kingston adds the school has the ability to limit who students can communicate with. The district can also turn the laptops they provide students off at certain times.

Steve is thankful the school looked into it, but worries this isn't the end of it.

Steve says, "The scariest thing was pulling up to the school and dropping my daughter off and pulling away."

Westside Community Schools tells us they take any situation where a student feels uncomfortable seriously.

The school provides laptops for it's students. Kingston tells us, in many cases this helps give the school a pretty accurate picture as to what has actually occurred.


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