Dearborn High School

Letter from the Principal

December 7,  2021

Hello Pioneer Community, 

As part of our ongoing effort to keep an open line of communication with our parents, I would like to take a moment to share information with you regarding comments made on social media that are affecting our community. 

We were made aware of a comment made on social media telling students to not go to school today. There was no mention of violence, shooting, or any other type of threatening behavior, simply don’t go to school, you will see why. Of course we must take all of these comments seriously and immediately contacted law enforcement to determine the source and credibility of the comment.   They have determined there is no specific threat to our school.   

These comments have heightened the emotions of some students and staff in our building at a time when we are all still very emotionally upset about the events that occurred last week at Oxford High School. 

Out of an abundance of caution, and recognizing that our students and staff are still in a highly emotional state,  School Resource Officers, plain clothes officers, additional district staff, and other resources from the Dearborn Police will be at Dearborn High to ensure our students feel safe while at school. 

Over the past week dozens of school districts in our area have had to close schools, delay instruction, or disrupt the school day due to false and misleading statements being posted on social media by students looking to take advantage of a horrific tragedy. Those found guilty of posting these types of inflammatory comments are being held accountable by school administration and law enforcement.  Please talk to your child about the responsible use of social media and the very serious consequences of posting these types of messages that inflame and create more tension. 

Our school has many resources available to our students and I want to make sure that our parents and students know we are here to help. If students need someone to talk to they can ask for assistance from any teacher, counselor, support staff or go directly to the office to receive support.  There are also resources available online to help parents talk to their children about these types of very tragic situations.  Here is a link to a document that provides parents with helpful tips on talking to your child about traumatic experiences.   

We must work together to help restore calm to our community. The entire staff at Dearborn High is ready and working each day to ensure the safety of your child when they are in school.  We look forward to continuing to work with you to make every student feel welcome and safe while at Dearborn High.     

Thank you,

Zeina Jebril

Dearborn High School