Safety Concern at Western Row

Safety Concern at Western Row
Posted on 09/27/2018

This morning, a Mason Middle School student reported a disturbing Instagram Live video to a school counselor. In the video, a Mason City Schools parent appears to threaten to harm a student who attends school at Western Row Elementary.

Our administrative team immediately began investigating, and involved members of the City of Mason’s Campus Safety Team. This afternoon, police arrested the parent.

The family of the student who was the target of the threatening remarks was notified, and that child is safe.

Our district is grateful for the increased security personnel presence we have this year at all of our schools. They continue to play a vital role in keeping our schools safe.

We are proud of the MMS student who did the right thing and reported this situation to a counselor. Our Safe Schools Tipline is another important way that families and students can report safety concerns.  Every tip SafeSchools Alert receives about our district is immediately logged in the system and our administration is notified so that they can investigate and take appropriate action. Report a tip by:

1.    Phone:    513-972-4910
2.    Text:       513-972-4910
3.    Email:
4.    Web:

So far this school year, the Mason City School District has resolved 28 tips on our SafeSchools Tipline. Nearly half of the tips have been from students, parents or staff who recognized the warning signs of suicide, and took them seriously.

Getting Connected - For Real

As a school district, we are increasingly concerned about the way that social media has altered our connections and perceptions. We’ve noticed a lack of civility that doesn’t reflect how we behave face-to-face when we see each other in the grocery store, at the park, or at school. Additionally, some students and families are struggling with the pressure of keeping up with the virtual Jones’s - a carefully curated virtual family that may not actually reflect the Jones’s in real-life. We note the increased anxiety and depression in our tweens and teens who cannot distinguish where “Insta-life” ends, and reality begins.

We don’t have the answers here. We’re on social media ourselves and recognize that it allows us to share stories and celebrate with our friends and family across the country and world. (We, too, love seeing pictures of puppies and babies!) But, we want to begin having this important conversation as a community. We are hopeful that together we can build more real connections - and invest the time to carry on conversations in real-life.


Join a special CommUNITY Conversation with Mr. Cooper

On Monday, October 8 from 7-9:00pm, Superintendent Jonathan Cooper will host a special CommUNITY Conversation for families about social media use. We look forward to exploring these issues, and working together to keep our community healthy and well. RSVP to attend this special CommUNITY Conversation.

Learn more about the CommUNITY Conversations, and what Mr. Cooper has been hearing.

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