Junior high closed due to gun threat

DJUSD and Holmes Junior High have both posted a message on their website homepage notifying Holmes parents and guardians about tomorrow’s closure of the school due to a gun threat.

By Elissa Koh,
BlueDevilHUB.com Editor-in-Chief–

Holmes Junior High has received a gun threat and will, therefore, be closed tomorrow. All other Davis schools, including Davis High, will remain open.

HJH was sent an anonymous threat through the StopIT App which claimed that a gun would be brought and used at the school on Friday, Nov. 17.

An email was sent by both Holmes Principal Jean Kennedy and DJUSD Superintendent John Bowes to the parents and guardians of HJH students

We made the decision to close [HJH], Friday, November 17, 2017 out of an abundance of caution and in light of the recent school shooting in Northern California,” Bowes said.

The Davis Police have been contacted and, together with the school staff, are currently investigating the threat. The police will continue investigating through Thanksgiving Break along with the district.

“Please understand that this closure is being done to promote safety and to provide space for an investigation to continue,” Kennedy said.

In the email, Kennedy also asked parents and guardians to talk to “speak with your student about this matter.”

“If they have anything relevant to share or you learn they were told by a friend not to attend school tomorrow, please report this to me or the Davis Police immediately,” Kennedy said.

Due to unexpected closing of the school, the district and site staff will be trying to reschedule this day and will keep parents and guardians will be informed the schedule change.

“Unfortunately, when a school is closed for any reason the instructional time required by the state must be made up prior to the end of the school year,” Kennedy said.

Classes at HJH are expected to return back to normal resume as scheduled the Monday after break. Parents and guardians will be informed of any changes.

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