GIPS taking proactive approach following incident at Northwest

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Following the recent human trafficking incident involving a Northwest student and former teacher, the Grand Island Public School District is taking a proactive approach and sending out a letter to all GIPS parents.

GIPS Families,

Our entire community has been impacted by the recent social media scam incident involving an area high school teacher and student. Inappropriate images were shared and used to force those involved to perform acts of a sexual nature. An investigation is underway and until it is complete we will not have all the details about this situation.

Though this did not happen at a GIPS school, we anticipate some students and staff may need support to help them deal with the emotions that such an event produces. We are taking every step to be responsive to the needs of our students and their families. We are following the directives and protocols of Homeland Security and law enforcement.

If you feel you or your students have been directly impacted or have knowledge related to this incident, please contact Grand Island Police at 308-385-5400. If you have any questions or concerns the district can address, please feel free to call your school.

The Crisis Team members will be available at Grand Island Senior High on Thursday, January 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. in the East Conference room. If your student is at another school, they can seek assistance from the school’s counselor or social worker.

We urge families to use this opportunity to talk about online, social media and overall personal safety. Thank you for your role in helping keep all students safe.