Hollister School Threat?

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Urgent Message
Office of the Superintendent • 3 hours ago • Monday, Feb 3 at 7:19 AM • Hollister Elementary School

Late last night Goleta Union School District was made aware of an online chat on the website "Omegle" which included several Hollister students.  During this chat, an unknown person made a vague threat about a school shooting.  GUSD immediately contacted the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department and an investigation was begun.   Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department was unable to verify the authenticity of a threat against Hollister School or any other local schools.  The Sheriff’s Department has assured GUSD that they will have an appropriately heightened presence in the vicinity today.  As always, the safety of the students and staff is our top priority.  Additional information will be communicated through ParentSquare as warranted.  

Online Safety Reminder
Office of the Superintendent • 3 hours ago • Monday, Feb 3 at 7:41 AM • Goleta Union School District

Late last night Goleta Union School District was made aware of an online chat on the website "Omegle" which included several students from Hollister School.  Omegle allows children to chat for free and encourages anonymous chatting with strangers.

During one such chat, an unknown person made a vague threat about a school shooting.  GUSD immediately contacted the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department and an investigation was begun.   Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department was unable to verify the authenticity of a threat against Hollister School or any other local schools. In an overabundance of caution, the Sheriff’s Department has assured GUSD that they will have an appropriately heightened presence in the vicinity today. 

11:30 TODAY Parent Meeting - Questions and Answers
[Name Removed] • 10 minutes ago • Monday, Feb 3 at 10:17 AM • Hollister Elementary School

Hello Hollister Hawks,

I have just spent time on the playground with our TK and Kinders during their recess, as well as the 1st and 2nd grades at their recess, and all is happy and busy as is typical! (Though a bit chilly, I have to say!) I will go out with our 3rd - 6th grade students during their recess as well.

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LCP112233 Feb 03, 2020 12:02 PM
Hollister School Threat?

@11.56, "Omegle allows children to chat for free and encourages anonymous chatting with strangers." Without referencing that Omegle is a haven for inappropriate behavior, they kinda did make it sound like it was for children.

a-1580757173 Feb 03, 2020 11:12 AM
Hollister School Threat?

FYI, since the school district makes Omegle sound like it is made for children - it is NOT, and it is a cesspool of nudity and other inappropriate behavior, your children should not be using it.

a-1580763133 Feb 03, 2020 12:52 PM
Hollister School Threat?

I did not post it my comment for the purpose of "attributing a negative action," only as a warning to parents who may not know. The district's statement is misleading, I'm SURE not purposely - they may not know, either, what Omegle has become.

a-1580759770 Feb 03, 2020 11:56 AM
Hollister School Threat?

The school district made a notification as they should have. Nowhere did they make it sound like the website was made for children. Glad that you are warning others that it is NOT for children but dislike that you attribute a negative action to the school district that isn't true.

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