In Wake Of Threat, School Officials Ask Parents For Patience

In Wake Of Threat, School Officials Ask Parents For Patience

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Many parents want to know why it took so long for them to hear from schools about a threat made Tuesday. The threat, which was made in an email to the Watertown Daily Times, appears to have been a hoax.

On the 7 News Facebook page, several parents questioned why they didn't hear about the lockouts and after-school cancellations until almost 3 p.m.

Watertown Superintendent Patti LaBarr says she gets word out to parents as quickly as she can, but it's not the first thing on the list.

"We're going to make sure that safety is our number one priority and once we are satisfied that all children are safe, and I'm able to put something out, I will absolutely do that," she said.

Notifications go out in four different ways, a text message, a phone call, an email, and on the school's Facebook. All four are put out at the same time.

More people choose to receive the text message than any other message, which LaBarr says limits how much information they get.

"I want parents to understand that with School Messenger, the phone call is very complete, it's me speaking, you'll hear the information. The text message is limited to 160 characters. Yesterday, I had a lot to say, but I had 160 characters to say it in," said LaBarr.

LaBarr would like to see people sign up for every form of alert. You can find instructions for how to sign up on the school district's website.

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