According to the Suffolk County Police Department, 16 bullets were found on Friday, Dec. 16 in the entrance to the high school. The bullets were discovered by a school staff member and reported immediately. Fifth precinct crime section officers responded to the high school located on Buffalo Avenue in Medford at 8:30 a.m. that day. A person of interest may have been identified via video footage.
Superintendent of schools Dr. Donna Jones released the following statement to parents on Monday: "During the investigation, video footage from the high school was reviewed and may have identified a person of interest. The video footage and all other evidence have been shared with the Suffolk County Police Department. We have been in constant communication with the police department and have restricted the person of interest's access to all district property while the matter is further investigated."
Since then, parents have made a Change.org petition calling for Dr. Jones to be removed from her position. During the school board meeting held on Monday, Dec.19, parents shared their concerns about the lack of information shared. Nearly 300 signatures have been collected.
“Due to the latest incident of bullets being found at Patchogue Medford high school we are campaigning to remove Donna Jones from her role as superintendent of Patchogue Medford school district,” wrote Sharon Raye, the page organizer. “We prioritize the safety of our children and should not find out days after. There has been little to no information given surrounding the circumstances. Many parents do not feel safe to send their children to school without knowing what steps have been taken to keep our children safe. This is not the first time she has let the community down.”
The SCPD is currently investigating the situation and will remain as a presence at the high school. However, police stated there is no credible threat to the school.
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