Notice RE: Feb. 2, 2023 Marietta High School Rumored Threat

Dear Marietta Tiger Family,

Marietta City Schools' administrative team has worked overnight with our partners in the Marietta Police Department to address rumors of violent threats against Marietta High School circulated via student social media platforms. Thank you to the families who reached out about this concern for the safety of students and staff. 

Through its investigation initiated on Wednesday, Marietta Police Department has determined that there is no present threat to the safety and security of our students, staff or property. 

Rumor and fear can bring forward anxious feelings for both children and adults. Please know that this is normal and can arise in the days and weeks ahead. As a school and district community, we value making the space to process these experiences. Students are encouraged to reach out to staff they feel comfortable talking with including teachers, support staff, and our three guidance counselors at the high school. Our guidance counselors are also bolstered by two district psychologists and our partnership with Life and Purpose Behavioral Health if additional support is needed. 

Marietta City Schools takes all threats to safety seriously and will continue to consistently share information with parents and guardians so that we may work together to keep our community safe and healthy. Our administrative team values the partnership we rely upon with both local law enforcement and each member of our staff to ensure the safety of our students.

If staff, students, or parents discover any specific threats or witness any suspicious activity, please report those threats immediately to the district and law enforcement. In addition, please remind students that threats of any kind will result in disciplinary action or legal consequences. It can be easy for students to get caught up in sharing what they see on social media, but those actions can sometimes have real-world consequences.

Students, parents and community members can also utilize the free Safer Ohio School Tip Line to anonymously report threats to schools or students’ safety. The tip line is available by calling 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764).

Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep schools safe.