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Mexico Middle School students Hear Safety Message

MEXICO – Make smart choices.

Oswego County DA Gregory Oakes, right, speaks with Mexico Middle School students about school safety, following an invitation from Mexico Academy and Central School District Superintendent Sean Bruno, sitting just to Oakes’ left.
Oswego County DA Gregory Oakes, right, speaks with Mexico Middle School students about school safety, following an invitation from Mexico Academy and Central School District Superintendent Sean Bruno, sitting just to Oakes’ right..

That simple message was made clear to Mexico Middle School students during recent presentations from Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes and Mexico Academy and Central School District Superintendent Sean Bruno.

The pair has teamed up in recent weeks to drive that conversation home with Mexico middle and high school students: violence is no joking matter.

Similar discussions have taken place recently due to a few recent threats of violence against the district, each of which was deemed non-credible by New York State Police.

Oakes and Bruno said it takes everyone within the MACS family to continue to work together to ensure everyone’s safety.

The district follows a multi-step process to ensure school safety: take every threat seriously, inform police agencies and allow them to investigate while the school district also completes its own investigation, gather proper information at an appropriate time for students and parents and complete safety drills.

The “see something, say something” concept, Oakes said, should be applied both inside and outside of school to help keep themselves, their peers and community safe.

Any threat of violence against a MACS school also hits home for Oakes, as he said since his children are involved with the Tiger Sharks.

MMS students, some who swim with his sons, sat silently as Oakes cautioned them to be careful with their words, which could cause real fear.

School Resource Officer Michael Martin will also lead school-specific safety discussions at both the high school and middle school.

Bruno said students’ safety will always remain the district’s top priority, and has asked that all MACS students take extra care of themselves and their peers.