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Message from the Superintedent

Dear Gahanna-Jefferson Parents and Guardians:

The Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools takes the safety of our students, staff and community seriously and is our number one priority. 

With that said:

Fri., Aug. 31, at approximately 8 p.m., several Gahanna Lincoln High School (GLHS) students received inappropriate, rude, and harassing “tweets” from a student using the Twitter™ account @AnonymousRuler. Many students responded very positively and also made Principal  Carter aware of the messages. Carter immediately contacted Twitter. By 3 a.m., the account had been deactivated.

Later, Saturday morning, an anonymous video was posted on YouTube™ that was disturbing in nature and created anxiety to both students and parents of our schools. The uploaded video featured an image of "V," a masked character from the 2005 movie Vendetta. The voice was masked as well.


I want to commend the many students who contacted Principal Carter to make the District aware of the situation. Their approach to handling this situation in a positive and responsible manner is reflective of the majority of the Gahanna-Jefferson student body and Lion Pride! —Superintendent Francis R. Scruci

A second video in a similar format was posted Monday morning (Sept. 3) in response to a previous WSYX/ABC-6 News report. The second video claimed that no harm was intended to anyone but alluded to "crashing" the school computer network. The computerized voice within the video also admitted to being angry about how students were leading their lives.

Meanwhile, Mr. Carter worked closely throughout the weekend with Gahanna Division of Police and its investigation as well as the CyberBullying Research Center for additional assistance.

Gahanna Police executed a warrant Monday morning at approximately 10:30 a.m., Sept. 3, 2012. The alleged person responsible has been taken into custody by the Gahanna Police Department and will be charged with inducing panic under Ohio Revised Code 2917.31.  

For added security purposes, a Columbus Division of Fire Bomb Squad unit will conduct a sweep of the entire GLHS grounds prior to school starting Tuesday morning, Sept. 4 and throughout the week as a precautionary measure.  Additional police personnel will be on hand throughout the day on Tuesday to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Gahanna-Jefferson has taken this matter extremely seriously and have worked closely with the Gahanna Police Department to protect the students, staff and community.

We want to commend the many students who contacted Mr. Carter to make the District aware of the situation.  Their approach to handling this situation in a positive and responsible manner is reflective of the majority of the Gahanna-Jefferson student body and Lion Pride!  

The Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools want to also thank the Gahanna Police Department for their support and especially thank Gahnna Detective Choung for his work on bringing this matter to closure so quickly.

Sincerely,

Francis R. Scruci
Superintendent
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools

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