Boy Lights Firecrackers in Locker at Southern Middle School on Tuesday

At Southern Middle School today, a male student brought firecrackers to school, sold two packs and then lit one off in the boys locker room at the school. The noise reverberated through the metal doors of the locker and made quite a loud noise. As you can imagined, particularly in the aftermath of the school shooting in Connecticut, the firecrackers exploding caused quite a disruption. Here is Southern Middle’s Principal Jason Dykstra in a Dec. 18, 2013 Letter to Parents:


For illustrative purposes only. Not the firecracker used at Southern Middle School today.

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I am writing to you today to let you know about an incident that took place at our school. First and foremost, however, I want you to know that no one was injured in this incident and that all students are safe.

This morning, one of our students brought firecrackers to school and sold two packs of them to fellow schoolmates. Later in the morning, the student who brought and sold the firecrackers lit one off in the boys locker room. We are very fortunate that no one was hurt.

I was alerted to the situation immediately and went directly to an adjacent gym to speak with the students. Within a few minutes several students provided me with information as to the identity of the student who lit the firecracker.

At this time, we have taken possession of all of the firecrackers except the one that was lit. In accordance with the Code of Student Conduct, appropriate disciplinary action is being taken against the student involved.

Especially in the wake of last week’s tragic events in Connecticut, these types of incidents are not humorous. We take them very seriously, and I urge you to talk to your children about the inappropriateness of bringing such items into our school setting.

I want to commend the students who came forward and provided key information to us. Their actions made for a quick resolution in this matter, and hopefully will prevent something like this from happening in the future.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the school.

Jason Dykstra

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