Ojai Chief of Police James Fryhoff on threat at Nordhoff High School

James Fryhoff

Ojai Police Chief James Fryhoff


Ojai Police Chief James Fryhoff posted this comment on the Ojai Community Network Public Group Facebook page on Monday, Sept. 16, in response to unsubstantiated online threat for Nordhoff High School:
"Thank you all for your patience at Nordhoff High School today. It was great seeing all of you who attended, and I completely respect the decision by those who chose to remain at home. Unfortunately, this is a sad reminder of where we are as a nation right now. I want to assure you that your police department will respond accordingly to all threats and will hold accountable those who are responsible.
More importantly, this provides parents an opportunity to have an age-appropriate discussion with their children on what to do in the event of an active shooter. This discussion is much broader than what to do on campus, but also what to do when at the movies, a concert, the mall, etc.
We need all stakeholders to speak up when they are aware of a possible threat. Our goal is to keep everyone safe, and we need to work together to make that possible. In the words of Dr. Tiffany Morse, “If you see (or hear) something, say something.” We cannot express that enough.
As your Chief, I would like to share with you that the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office trains all deputies in response to active shooter situations. I will continue to work with Dr. Morse to ensure our campuses are as safe as possible so students can focus on their education and not worry about threats that cause undue stress on the students, parents, and teachers.
The school year has just begun, and although I would like to believe that this is the only threat we will receive, we all need to be prepared for the possibility of this happening again. Take care of yourselves and each other.