December 6, 2017

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Paradise Schools is committed to the safety and education of all our students. This letter is to inform you about an anonymous threat of violence that was reported to school personnel at Paradise Honors Elementary School. We always want to clearly communicate with parents about safety issues when they arise.

 

This afternoon a written threat was reported in one of the restrooms which referenced a bomb on campus. Our safety protocols were immediately initiated and students were evacuated to safe areas.  The Surprise Police Department arrived to the school and took over the situation.  Police officers and K9 units from Luke Air Force Security Forces conducted a very thorough and extensive search. The search yielded no weapons, explosives, or foreign items of any kind and the threat was determined to be a hoax.

 

The Police Department and school administration will continue to investigate this threat and disciplinary actions will be administered to any student found to be involved. Classes will resume as usual tomorrow. Counselors will be available if any students would like to talk to someone about the situation.

 

Please know that threats of any kind are taken seriously and any student who makes a threat of violence will receive appropriate disciplinary action according to Paradise Schools Student Code of Conduct.

We are sharing this information so you can discuss the seriousness of this event with your child. If you, or your child, have any information regarding this or any safety issue, please contact us.

 

In closing, we at Paradise Schools would like thank the Surprise Police Department, Luke Air Force Base, Surprise Fire Department and Radiant Church for assisting us during today’s event. We are extremely proud of how our students and staff responded to this situation and were complimented by emergency responders as to the efficiency of our staff and the orderly behavior of our students. We are also very thankful for the patience and cooperation demonstrated by our parents as we ensured the safety of all of our students. We thank you for trusting us with your children and assisting us in keeping our school community safe.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Paradise Schools Leadership Team