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Messages From Student Prompt Investigation

A student who reportedly sent “concerning messages” to other Jefferson Middle School students was interviewed by Jamestown police Thursday.

Dr. Bret Apthorpe, Jamestown Public Schools superintendent, released the following statement:

“We learned this morning of concerning messages recently sent to students who attend Jefferson Middle School. The Jamestown Police Department was immediately contacted to investigate prior to the start of the school day. The individual who allegedly sent the messages was taken in by the JPD for investigation.

“I want to assure all parents and families that students at Jefferson Middle School are safe. While the remarks in question did not directly involve the school, I take any inappropriate comments or remarks made about any of our students very seriously. Please take this opportunity to monitor your child’s social media accounts and talk to them about the importance of what they post and how it could affect them, and others. We need to all work together as a community to ensure the safety of our children.”

Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department said the messages in question were received via Instagram. He said they “indicated a threat of harm to a specific student away from school. We were advised and immediately worked to locate the subject and investigated the matter further. We also, as a precaution, worked with the staff at Jefferson Middle School and resource officers of the JPS. The situation involves juveniles and our investigation is continuing.”

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