Parent Concerned about Notre Dame School Closure
By a Parent from Notre Dame School
I am a worried parent with kids at Notre Dame School. On 3/26 when the kids were going to school we noticed the school was vandalized. After parents posted on Facebook and other websites, it was bought to the parent's attention that there were also threating flyers out there with Notre Dame written on them.
On 3/26 at 11:40 PM the principal sent out an email to parents letting them know school would be cancelled the next day due to new info. The email had no real details so that had the parents worried.
3/27 at 8:31 PM a new email was sent to the parents saying that they are aware of a flyer and both cases are being investigated but they have decided to cancel school till Monday.
3/28 at 12:40 an email was sent out to parents saying there would be a parent meeting and the Santa Barbara Police Department would be there to provide updates and answer questions.
At this meeting there was a Lieutenant from SBPD and he let us parents know that he was 100% sure that the police department knew who was making these flyers but they meant no harm from them and that just to be safe they would have 3 police officers at/around the school for morning drop-offs, lunch and dismissal for the next month. The Lieutenant also let us know that since no laws had been broken they could not arrest the person behind these flyers, but the person was told they are NOT allowed to be at the school or the church that is part of the school and if they did they would be arrested and charged with trespassing. Less than 12 hrs after this meeting, this man was arrested at the church.
3/29 at 11 AM KEYT reported this man went to the church that is part of the school and was detained. We parents did not hear anything from the school till 4:46 PM on 3/29 and the only update we received was this man was put on a mental hold and they would give us more updates as it’s released to them. We have heard nothing since.
This man has put our kids at risk and has continued to post threating messages on Facebook. He is trolling the police department and they have done nothing about him. The parents of the school have been worried about this daily and the school has not been sending updates or been helpful. The police department lied when they told us they would be at the school. What should we parents do to make sure our kids are safe at school?
[Editor's Note: Edhat has agreed to let the contributor remain anonymous due to fear of retaliation on the parent's children]
March 28, 2019: Notre Dame School Remains Closed Until Monday