Thursday’s story on Orange Live regarding the three police cars that were outside of Mary L. Tracy School and the fact that some children did not get outdoor recess, had some parents still scratching their heads as if the school administrators were hiding something.
But on Friday, Principal Colleen Murray sent the following e-mail to parents:
I thought this newsletter would be our first correspondence delivered to you via the One Call Now System, but as you know, we needed to use the service yesterday to inform parents about a situation that arose. The possibility of an unwelcome visitor caused us to err on the side of caution and take measures to ensure the safety of all.
Our doors at MLT are always locked and remained locked yesterday. Instruction was not interrupted and the only change in the schedule was that the children were given an indoor recess.
Protocol requires that we contact the Orange Police Department which we did resulting in several cruisers lining our driveway. Rumors began to circulate out in the community and the decision was made to notify parents that everyone was safe and sound at MLT.
Please understand that confidentiality prohibits me from disclosing the specifics of the event. I apologize for any distress the email may have caused you; imagine the distress you would have experienced if I hadn’t notified you and you found out after the fact.
Here at Orange Live, we hope that by reprinting this notice with the very important sentence: “The possibility of an unwelcome visitor caused us to err on the side of caution and take measures to ensure the safety of all.” will
satisfy the community’s need to know, and reassure Orange residents that the school leaders are not hiding anything.
Perhaps it would have been better if that one sentence had been released on Thursday.