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Photo of BHS Student Holding What Appeared to be a Real Gun, Posted on Social Media Today, Causes Concern

Report by Paula Antolini
February 21, 2018 4:09PM EDT

 

Photo of BHS Student Holding What Appeared to be a Real Gun, Posted on Social Media Today, Causes Concern

A photo was discovered today, February 21st, at Bethel High School, of a student holding a weapon that appeared to be a real gun. Authorities later found that the photo was posted on social media by a student.  The photo was reported to the school administration and Bethel Police, who took swift action to investigate the matter.  The weapon was eventually determined to be a toy Nerf gun.

 

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Message from Christopher Troetti, Principal BHS:

Wed, Feb 21, 2018 12:12 pm

Dear Students, Staff and Parents/Guardians,

It has been brought to our attention that a student posted an inappropriate picture on social media. We are in the process of investigating this matter with the student in conjunction with our School Resource Officer.  We are alerting you to prevent the circulation of further rumors related to this matter and to assure you that we are aware of the situation and are addressing it.  We want to thank our students for bringing this forward to us and continue to encourage them to speak to a staff member if they have any concerns.

We will update you when we have further information.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Troetti

 

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Message from Christopher Troetti, Principal BHS & Christine Carver, Superintendent BPS:

Wed, Feb 21, 2018 3:19 pm

“This email is a follow up to the message sent out earlier today.   We want to make you aware that a student posted a picture holding a weapon on social media. The student explained to the BHS administration that the picture was taken off campus and the weapon was a toy Nerf gun.  The Bethel Police have confirmed that the weapon was a toy and is not a threat to the safety of the school community.

“The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.  Again, we want to thank our students for making us aware of the situation.”

 

Sincerely,

Christopher Troetti, Principal & Christine Carver, Superintendent

 

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UPDATE:

Message from Christopher Troetti, Principal BHS:

Wed, Feb 21, 2018 3:44 pm

Dear Students, Parents/Guardians,

Today at 12:14pm a student sent an email to the ~BHS-Students group consisting of a single Hindi character in the subject line and in the body of the message. This seemingly innocent email exploits a bug in a certain version of iOS 11 which will make any iPhones running that version crash upon rendering the character.

See info about this bug here: https://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/iosapps/new-iphone-text-crash-bug-how-fix-ios-bug-3649753/

Unfortunately, since  this character was included in the Subject field, as soon as the email is listed in the mail list (without even reading it) the phone will crash, and potentially continue to crash if the Mail app is chosen as it would list that character in the subject each time.  A suggested workaround for affected phones would be to not open the Mail app, if possible, and update to the latest version of iOS 11 which has a fix for this problem.  There is no way for our IT department to remove this email from student accounts.  If the phone continues to crash, it must be restored through I-tunes.

Until further notice,  the ~BHS-Students Group has been disabled.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  Our IT department will work with students who continue to have problems with their phones.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Troetti

 

 

 

 

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Disclaimer: Gun shown in photo is not the gun or photo in question and is on a logo banning guns.

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