Potential threat puts Montezuma Creek schools in remote-learning for one day
A potential threat to Whitehorse High School last week led to remote learning for Montezuma Creek schools on Friday.
Whitehorse High School administrators shared early morning on October 26 that they were notified of a potential threat to the school. That information was shared immediately with the Navajo Nation Police Department. As a result, both Whitehorse High and Montezuma Creek Elementary were placed on secure mode with law enforcement present during bus unloading, additionally, all exterior doors were locked and students remained inside the school for the day.
In an online message, Whitehorse High officials shared the following:
“We take the responsibility to make sure that school is a safe learning environment seriously. We always encourage scholars and their parents to immediately report any safety concerns to a school administrator or school employee. The safety and well-being of our scholars and staff is our highest priority at all times.”
The secure mode was lifted later in the early afternoon, but scheduled after-school activities were cut short when an evacuation of Whitehorse High was ordered by law enforcement around 5:00 p.m. The evacuation meant that some students and staff left belongings in the school, those belongings were reclaimed on Friday and Monday.
Thursday evening both Montezuma Creek Elementary and Whitehorse High, under the recommendation of law enforcement, cancelled in-person classes for Friday, October 27.
Whitehorse School administration held an online meeting for scholars and parents on Friday morning.
Administrators emphasized the importance of continuing to report any incidents or threats, seen in person or online. Scholars were encouraged to notify school administrators as well as someone trusted at home. Anonymous reporting can be shared digitally using the Safe UT app.
During the meeting scholars asked about additional safety measures.
Principal Kim Schaefer shared that conversations about bringing a School Resource Officer into schools are being discussed at the county, Navajo Nation, and State of Utah level.
Students at both schools were able to safely return to normally scheduled school on Monday, October 30.