I can't really describe what it is like to work in media and news when you are a parent, but the last few days have not been fun.  Last week, I was in a meeting when I heard tons of sirens just after 10 am and knew something horrible was happening.  When I heard a co-worker say, "There is a report of an active shooter at Lourdes", and you start seeing texts from your kids, it is really hard to talk on-air in a calm and collected way.  Today, another note was sent regarding a school threat at Century High School and my heart is sinking as I'm typing this, because my kids are there...right now.

Jessica Williams
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School Shooting Threat Discovered at Century High School in Rochester

Our world is a messed up place and unfortunately, we are being informed of how screwed up it is via e-mails.  I got a text from one of my kids today that said, "if you haven't checked your e-mails, you need to".  So, I opened my gmail account, which is full of a ton of spam emails now, sifted through the info and then saw it.  At 9:10 am on Friday, September 30th, parents of Century High School students received a note through Skyward with the following details:

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Investigating threat discovered at Century High School

Dear Century High families,
The safety and security of our students and staff is one of utmost importance to RPS. On Thursday evening, a message was discovered written in the Century High School building threatening a school shooting on 10/1/22. Century leadership and District administration worked late into the evening investigating this threat. Law enforcement have been informed of the situation and we have increased police presence at Century today and into the weekend during homecoming.
At this time, we are not canceling homecoming events. We will notify parents, students, and staff of any changes to the homecoming schedule if and when such changes occur.
Please note that if your student leaves school for the day, they will not be permitted to attend the dance tonight.
We ask that you communicate with your student(s) that if they hear of anything, to let a trusted adult know immediately.
Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students safe.
Rochester Public Schools

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Are you sending your child to the homecoming dance and football game at Century High School in Rochester?

I don't know what my answer is right now but I know I am really starting to think hard if I am ok with my kids going to the Century High School homecoming dance and football game.  I heard of a fight the other day in the halls at Century that was pretty horrible.  We just had the incident at Lourdes, which thankfully was a fake call.  But what if the next one isn't?

What would you do if you were the parent?  If you were me?  Would you send your child to those activities knowing there was a possibility of danger?  Last I checked, there aren't any metal detectors and the chain-linked fence has some pretty big holes in it too.

To all the kids, this is NOT how it is supposed to be.  Big hugs to all of you...and the staff.  Huge thanks to our staff who are with our kids during all of these moments and helping our kids stay safe.

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