Investigation Shows ELHS Was Not the Intended Target of Threat

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 5:50 pm
By: 
Karessa Wheeler

Above: Dori Leyko at the Sept. 9 meeting of the school board in a photo by Ray Holt.

The emailed threat of a shooting at East Lansing High School was actually meant for a school in North Carolina, according to a letter sent out by Superintendent Dori Leyko late this afternoon.

East Lansing High School was closed for the day on Tuesday while school officials and the East Lansing Police Department investigated an email sent to ELHS administrators from a student “who threatened to shoot up the school,” Leyko wrote.

The threat was specific to the high school so all other schools in the district remained open today.

With help from the FBI, investigators determined that the email originated in North Carolina and was intended for a high school in that state with the acronym ELHS – not East Lansing High School.

“We erred on the side of caution this morning and responded to the information we had available at the time,” Leyko wrote late this afternoon to district parents and the community.

“As the day progressed, we deemed that the email communication was not intended for our administrators and that no threat had been made to East Lansing High School. We’ve also been in communication with law enforcement and the school district administrators in North Carolina to confirm that they were indeed dealing with a school threat,” Leyko wrote.

She asked parents and guardians to “Please help us communicate with your children that there was no threat to East Lansing High School at any time. We will always make decisions that put their safety first.”

In addition to cancelling classes, all afterschool and evening activities at the East Lansing campus were cancelled. Away games and activities off campus were allowed to continue.

When classes resume on Wednesday, there will be counselors and social workers at the high school for any students who may need support. The school expects to continue with scheduled homecoming events for the week.

 

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