In March, a man with a loaded gun was arrested at Tuscarora High School. Two weeks later, there was an online threat to kill minorities at our school. We’ve been asking Loudoun County Public Schools for enhanced security ever since.
If you have reason to believe the online threat to kill is not credible, why haven’t you told us? If not, why haven’t you done anything to improve our security?
If the Leesburg Police Department doesn’t have enough officers to protect us, hire Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies. If LCPS can’t afford that, hire professional security guards. If LCPS can’t even afford that, then I ask LCPS to please give us its security guard. Loudoun County Public Schools has a security officer in the administration building every day and on evenings whenever there are meetings in the building. We’ve had an actual threat to kill people at our school. Our students and staff deserve consistent, visible security. We do not currently have that.
As we continue to hear about more and more school shootings, you’ve continued to sit on the dais, meeting after meeting, ignoring our concerns. This has been going on for nearly two months. Last week in Colorado, after parents’ concerns about safety and security had been repeatedly ignored by their district’s school board and administrators, eight students were shot. One died. If the threat to kill at Tusky is carried out, it will have been foreseeable and potentially avoidable.
Ignoring concerns about student safety, while protecting yourselves with security guards, is unconscionable. You are elected officials and your constituents deserve better. Now.