Community Update 10.4.21
Dear Lyons Township High School District #204 Community-
The Western Springs Police Department has announced that two individuals have been charged in connection with an incident that occurred at LT’s South Campus on Saturday afternoon. Please read the press release for additional information.
We are thankful for the Western Springs Police Department and the Major Case Assistance Team for their diligence on Saturday afternoon, and for their ongoing efforts in maintaining the safety and security of our school community.
While we are extremely grateful that no physical injuries occurred, we know these circumstances can have a significant impact on an individual's social emotional well-being. LT counselors and social workers are available for students who need assistance, and resources have been shared with staff on how to recognize students who may be having difficulty and how to continue to support our students and each other.
If you are interested in community based therapeutic/mental health support, our district also works with ReferralGPS, a cloud-based referral solution for behavioral health professionals. The referral portal is available for all of our families to use and/or our mental health professionals can work with the portal to support families and students. Here is the link for ReferralGPS.
As we work to process through this challenging incident, it is important for our community to come together to find ways to help all of our young people feel safe and supported. Please continue to:
- Provide a safe space and opportunities for students to share their thoughts and feelings
- Model respectful dialogue and open questioning
- Be vulnerable- make it ok to express our fears and feelings
- Seek help or other resources to ensure our own well-being as we work to support others
We also encourage our community to access the electronic resources below when having conversations with your children:
- When Bad Things are Happening
- Talking to Children About Violence Tips for Parents and Teachers
- Talking to Children About Violence Infographic
- Hablarles a los niños sobre violencia
We are also thankful to all members of our LTHS community for their vigilance in keeping our schools safe. As always, do not hesitate to report concerns to our Speak-Up Line:
- Text from your cell phone: SPEAKUPLINE@lths.net
- Email: SPEAKUPLINE@lths.net
- Online form
- Phone call: 708-588-7326 (this line does not accept text messages)
Please know that we will always prioritize the physical, social, emotional and mental health and well-being of our students, staff, and community, and we appreciate your partnership in this important effort.
Dr. Brian Waterman, Superintendent
Dr. Jennifer Tyrrell, Principal