A Friday incident between two students drew medical attention for one party and caused wild community speculation late last week.
According to reports, there was an encounter between students involving something that left one of the students injured. Both students are juveniles, so names and nature of the incident aren’t able to be released for public record via state privacy laws.
District Superintendent Dr. James Behle and district leaders released a statement to high school parents on Monday, March 7 to quell some of the rumors that were swirling after the incident went down:
An ambulance was called to the high school on Friday in response to a student injury. Student data privacy rules prohibit releasing details of the incident. Superintendent Jim Behle noted that there was speculation as to what occurred among students and on social media but the incident was limited to two students and there was no threat to the safety of others. He stated that even when names of the parties involved are known to the community, the school cannot share information that would, in any way, characterize the students’ health or behavior and connect it to individual students.
Behle stated that the school’s response was to assess the nature of the injury, decide medical treatment and contact families of the students that were involved.
“When an ambulance is called to a school, parents want to know that children and youth are safe and are curious to know what happened. The circumstances of this incident would not warrant a message to all parents. However, because of the extent of the student and public misinformation, the high school sent an email to parents on Monday. Typically, messages are sent to all parents only when emergencies affect the school at- large,” he said.
Behle cautions about speculating on social media and posting comments that are not based on fact. If parents have questions or concerns, they are encouraged to contact the school and to the extent possible, school officials will answer questions. The district office can be reached at 763-497-6500.
“We are grateful for the responses of our nurse and health assistants when medical emergencies occur and appreciate the quick response from medical responders,” he added.