By Richard Bammer
Like other eastern Solano County school district superintendents, Pamela Conklin, who leads Travis Unified, has issued a letter to parents in the wake of the Feb. 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., where a 19-year-old former student killed 17 people.
The two-page letter, posted Friday on the district’s website, www.travisusd.org, also comes as an after-Parkland surge of gun threats, tips and false alarms aimed at schools flooded school districts and police department nationwide, including a Feb. 16 incident at Dixon High, where a student casually, perhaps jokingly, mentioned shooting up the school’s annual Sweetheart Rally in late February. The student was suspended for five days.
In the first sentence, Conklin’s “Dear Parents and Community Members” letter alluded to the Florida mass shooting and parents’ concerns. And the second was an effort to reassure parents by letting them know about some measures school leaders take to keep the districts’ 5,500 students — including those at two Vacaville elementaries and at two elementaries on Travis Air Force Base — safe.