Dr. Curtis Cain, Superintendent of the Wentzville School District, posted a letter on the district’s Facebook page today to address concerns about unrest following the announcement of a not guilty verdict in the Jason Stockley murder trial.
Dear WSD Community,
I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that we are monitoring the situation in St. Louis as it relates to the verdict announced today in the Jason Stockley murder trial. I have personally spoken with our local law enforcement officials and will continue to touch base with them with regard to the situation as it relates to our students. The physical and emotional safety of our students, staff and community is always our top priority. Even though we have no reason to expect that protests will spill over into our community, we are taking every precaution, which includes monitoring where our students are scheduled to travel for sports, band, choir, academic competitions and field trips over the coming days and weeks. Any potential changes in schedules will be determined at the District level and communicated in a timely manner to those families whose students are affected.
It can be challenging to know what’s best to say or do when a child is exposed to emotional or stressful situations that can potentially consume a community. But I would encourage you to use the opportunity to talk with your child and provide opportunities for them to express how they’re feeling in a safe way. We have resources posted on our District website to help: https://www.wentzville.k12.mo.us/site/default.aspx…
Please know that every day we work as a team to ensure that school is a safe place to learn and work for our students and staff. That will always be our top priority because there are 16,400 students and 2,300 staff members counting on us to keep them safe at school and get them home to their families. We appreciate your support and the trust you have placed in us to do that.
-Curtis Cain, Ph. D, Superintendent