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Important Message for Parents

posted Sep 5, 2015, 9:26 AM by Tobie Jones   [ updated Sep 29, 2015, 10:22 AM ]
September 4, 2015

Dear Parents,

I am writing this letter to inform you of an incident that occurred at Commerce High School on Thursday, September 3, 2015.  By video from the security cameras at CHS, a white male in a green SUV parked in the student parking lot at approximately 3:40 pm.   He proceeded to walk up the steps to the student entrance and followed the sidewalk to the front of the high school.  He approached a group of students who were waiting for second load buses and asked for directions to the Mall of Georgia.  He then asked them if they wanted to go with him to the mall.  One of the students noticed a school employee leaving the building, and the student got the employee’s attention.  The suspect then turned and walked toward his vehicle in the student parking lot.  The school employee contacted our School Resource Officer.  Officer Rogers conducted a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle.  The suspect was from South Carolina, and he stated that he was lost and was asking for directions.  After further investigation, the suspect was charged and transported to the jail in Jackson County. 

I want each of you to know that our school system is using this incident as a reminder that Commerce is not immune to this type of occurrence.  Therefore, we are taking extra precautions to make sure that the school campuses are as safe as possible for our students.  Also, we are working closely with local law enforcement to increase their presence before and after school.  Please help us to keep our students safe by reminding them to never get into a vehicle with a stranger, and to be cautious if a stranger tries to talk with them.

Please know that the safety of all students is a top priority.  I am thankful for the quick thinking of our students and the high school employee.  Please join me in thanking Officer Jeff Rogers for the great job that he does every day to keep our schools safe. 


Joy R. Tolbert, Ed.D.

Tobie Jones,
Sep 5, 2015, 9:27 AM