Omaha World Herald Writer, Bob Glissmann, reports that Beveridge Magnet Middle School Principal, David Lavendar, is on leave after the discovery of starter pistols in the school’s office prompted an evacuation of students and faculty. It details that the school notified parents of the leave, ensuring them that leave is not due to related conduct with students. He also revealed that further details cannot be revealed at this time due to privacy laws. After explaining what the school did, the article talked about some of what police did to ensure there were no explosives or ammunition left in the building. At the end of the article, it notes that Michaela Jackson will serve as interim principal.
I thought this press release, published only two hours ago, was a good way to reveal what little information the school could about the incident and procedures following it. They could have interviewed Michaela Jackson, whomever she may be since it didn’t tell us how she’s qualified to be the interim principal, to get a good idea of what she’s thinking or feeling. I did point out that the chief human resources officer for OPS was the one who sent the letter out to parents, making sure the letter was written in a way that did not alarm parents. He added in the student conduct, too, so there was no rumors about the leave.