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September 9, 2014

Dear Bay Village students, parents, staff and community members:

The Bay Village Police Department has announced that they have identified the minors allegedly involved in the recent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge prank. The police will turn all evidence over to the county prosecutor to determine charges when they complete their investigation. That police work is the source of all information available to the public, and the school district will not comment on any related disciplinary measures.

The district is receiving many phone calls and emails, and while we cannot respond to each one, we want people to know that we are reading and listening to each message that comes our way. The video of the act, and the national attention it is drawing, is also generating many thousands of online comments in news forums and social media throughout the world. Most of the comments are expressions of hurt and sympathy for the student involved, which are positive and good. Unfortunately, many of these comments are unsavory, and we are disturbed that our children are reading them and witnessing a type of online behavior that we tell them is unacceptable.

Sometimes a teachable moment is unplanned. We are extremely proud of the response from our student body. They have taken this incident to heart, and they have continued their usual support of all our students, and now of this student in particular. Our staff members continue to to provide a safe and peaceful environment for learning for all our students.

Throughout the years, our schools have implemented a number of programs to promote positive character traits and to educate about bullying, one of which is the Rachel’s Challenge program. We are now receiving a number of offers from representatives of anti-bullying programs, and we will consider each one carefully to determine which are the best for our students.

The outpouring of love and caring in our community for this student is also most inspiring, and we are grateful to our residents for their support. The peaceful and constructive actions of our students and community members are teaching all our children the true meaning of compassion.

Sincerely,

Clint Keener
Superintendent




September 4, 2014

Dear Bay Village students, parents, staff and community members:

Our entire Bay Village Schools community is heartsick over the cruel actions taken against one of our students as shown in the recent video aired on Fox 8 News. The student and family targeted by this act have our utmost sympathy, and we will work to let this student know that we care very much about his well being.

We are supporting our Bay Village Police Department as they vigilantly work to complete their investigation in this case.
   
Many of our students and staff members have been participating in fundraising for ALS through the Ice Bucket Challenge. It hurts us deeply to see such a wonderful effort twisted to deliberately cause someone pain.

At Bay High, many students volunteer specifically to make sure our special needs students find the companionship and acceptance that will make them happy and successful at our school. What happened recently does not in any way reflect the vast majority of our students.

We ask our parents and our community members to be patient as we work to discover all the facts. This incident is, at present, a police matter. Please respect the privacy of all the minor children involved, both victim and suspected offenders. While the incident happened outside of our school day and off campus, our schools will take all appropriate action available to us in terms of disciplinary action once the investigation is complete.

We also expect that our student body will, as they always do, use this event as an opportunity to show that the greatest antidote to this type of cruelty and ignorance is the kindness and caring that they demonstrate time and again, each and every school year.

Sincerely,

Clint Keener
Superintendent


Bay Village City School District 377 Dover Center Road Bay Village, Ohio 44140 (440) 617-7300
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