Dear Members of Our School Community,
This will serve as an update to the resolution of the incident on campus last week. As you may recall, a student sent out a meme which could have been perceived to be a threat. It was sent to two students and the school asked the parents to keep the sender at home, doubled our security personnel and obtained a police presence on campus. Since then, many of you have shared your concerns/questions, prayers and encouragement.
El Paso Police Department detectives, working under the direction of the FBI/Homeland Security, investigated the home of the young man. They interviewed his parents and him. Although a final report has still to be filed, it will state that his actions were not found to pose a credible threat. No weapons are kept in the home and none were found. The detectives determined that he was neither a threat to others or to himself. There will be no charges pressed because no crime was committed. This was a case of very poor judgment magnified by panic gone viral.
Our students were correct to report the meme to the administration, to parents and to warn one another. Our parents were correct to sound the alarm. Our school’s actions to protect our students from potential harm were also correct. Such actions are a clear reflection of being a community of faith.
It was also a reflection of our community to have a number of students come forward to vouch for the young man in question. It was also proper to receive emails from classmates of the young man wondering if their unkind behavior toward him and one another had played a role. Our common faith was reflected in parents reaching out to express their sincere concern for the young man and his parents. Our community is not seeking vengeance; it is seeking reconciliation.
Our school’s Mission Statement closes with the following: “…where there is ignorance we teach and where there is despair we share out hope.” The young man is innocent of a crime and while there are some who clamor for expulsion, the facts are clear that this was a huge mistake. This tense experience has provided us with an opportunity to live out our faith; to forgive and to reconcile. It allows us to begin the difficult task of examining how we treat each other. It is an occasion to help build men of faith.
In light of the police’s report, the young man’s clean record, good character, family and student support, our Catholic Lasallian tradition, the administration had decided that the young man will return to school on Monday. The administration will meet with the sophomore class on Monday morning.
We understand that some may have concerns. Please contact us to express your worries, ask a question or to schedule an appointment. Thank you.
Aurora Lujan, MA Brother Nick Gonzalez, FSC
Carlos Puertas, MA
Dean of Men