Dear Claremont Community,
I am writing to provide information about an alarming telephone scam that has recently affected two of our families, and to outline the steps families can take to ensure the safety of our students.
- During the week of Sept. 5, the grandfather of one of our students received a phone call from someone who said his granddaughter had broken her nose and needed medical attention.
- During the week of Aug. 22, two parents received calls saying their child had been kidnapped and that they had to pay a ransom to get their child back.
In both instances, the family members immediately called the school and confirmed that the students were in class and completely safe. According to OUSD Chief of Police Jeff Godown, the family members did everything right. These are the steps to take if you or anyone in your family receives such a call:
- Immediately call your school to verify your child is present and safe.
- Call the OUSD Police Department Dispatch Center at 510-874-7777 and inform them of the situation so they can start an investigation.
- Never give your personal or financial information to anyone who calls you on the phone.
The safety of our students is of paramount importance, and OUSD takes phone scams of this nature very seriously. Please feel free to contact me personally if you have any other questions.
Principal, Claremont Middle School