Just as the Snoqualmie Valley School District prepares for an important E-Safety Parent Night on Monday, January 11th at 6:30PM, a timely and relevant incident speaks as an important reminder for local families that students should understand the risks and consequences of their online activities.
It all started with what students call a ‘Hit List’ or ‘Hate List’ that was shared on SnapChat – a social media forum where images/messages are designed to disappear shortly after they are clicked. But in the age of screenshots and downloads, sometimes those images don’t always leave the online world.
On January 7, 2015, Mount Si High School administrators were informed about the list, which contained the names of approximately 50 (mainly Mount Si) students.
When the school was notified, it contacted the Snoqualmie Police Department and immediately began investigating the online threat to determine if the safety of any students was at risk. It was later determined by police that no risk was posed.
According to a letter home to parents from Mount Si High School Principal John Belcher on January 8th, the list appeared in a SnapChat video and occurred outside of school.
Belcher stated that police were in contact with the students who generated the list, whom according to the letter do not currently attend Mount Si High School, and consequences were handed down to those involved.
In accordance with student privacy law, school administration will not comment on the students’ names or the consequences they now face.
Administrators and police are also working to identify names on the list so as to “personally contact all identifiable students, and their parents,” notifying them of the situation and that police determined the list is not a serious threat on community safety.
Parents are asked to leave a message for the School Resource Officer Kim Stonebraker at 425-831-8115 if they have information they feel would be helpful regarding the police matter.
Important E-Safety Parent Night
In his letter, Principal John Belcher strongly encourages all families to attend the upcoming E-Safety Night at Mount Si High School on January 11th at 6:30PM for a “compelling discussion, presented by Officer Stephanie Thomas with the Seattle Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, to learn the realities of social networking today and steps parents can take to help ensure their student’s safe and responsible online activity.”