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Threat discussed at Carbondale Community High School

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Parents demand answers after a threat on three students at Carbondale Community High School.

A few dozen parents and community members showed up before Thursday night's regular school board meeting. They were upset about a threat three students made to another group of three students.

Two of those students were black and the other was white. 

"We're a very diverse campus here at Carbondale High School," school superintendent Steve Murphy said. "It's usually a very positive environment. We want to keep it that way."

Parents had concerns about racism being involved but Murphy said it wasn't quite like that.

"It was greatly exaggerated on social media compared to the actual discipline measure in the school, but perception is reality for parents, so you have to make sure you're addressing the perception as well as the reality."

Margaret Nesbitt, a long-time resident of Carbondale, said she's glad school officials came out to answer questions.  

"This is what it's all about," Nesbitt said. "Come together as citizens of the community to save the children."

Anna Davis, the mother of a freshman at CCHS, wishes the school would do more.

"I wish I knew the solution, aside from talking to my own daughter, about how she feels and what can be do, but I don't feel like the school is doing enough," Davis said.

Murphy said he couldn't get into specifics about the nature of the threat, but he said the students who made the threat won't be walking the halls for a long time, if ever.  

He also said no other students were at risk.

One of his main takeaways from the meeting was that he could have communicated better.

"Hindsight's always 20-20 and it's hard sometimes to get the pulse on where social media is outside the school versus what's happening actually inside the school," Murphy said.

Murphy said he plans to have more meetings with parents about school safety, hoping to keep a dialogue going about how to prevent violence inside the school.

He said anyone hoping to reach out to him can call the administrative office at (618)-457-4722 or email him at steve.murphy@cchs165.com

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