Lander Middle School awards ceremony canceled while possible threat investigation continues
On Wednesday, May 15th the Lander Middle School Twitter account posted that the Lander Police Department were investigating a possible threat made toward Lander Middle School.
Around 12:00 a.m., LPD posted to their Facebook page that the threat was created by a 14-year-old student and that they would continue to investigate the situation.
Shortly before 9:00 a.m. Thursday, May 16th Lander Middle School Principal Julie Shanley issued a statement on the situation. The threat investigation has also prompted the cancellation of an awards assembly that was scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Thursday night.
Shanley’s full statement is below in bold.
Recently it was reported to Lander Middle School administration that a student allegedly made a comment that he was “going to shoot up the school.” This information was received second-hand and reported to an LMS staff member who immediately notified the School Resource Officer and school administrators. The threat was investigated by school administration in conjunction with the Lander Police Department. Subsequently, the investigation did not reveal any physical evidence (weapons or plans) to substantiate this threat towards Lander Middle School of any student to shoot up the school.
Yesterday, May 15, 2019, Lander Middle School and Lander Police Department received several Safe 2 Tell reports from concerned parents and students indicating that the student was going “to shoot up the school.” LPD has continued to investigate and learned that these Safe 2 Tell tips are part of last week’s incident at LMS.
There have been several reports through social media that have been brought to our attention concerning a specific threat about today, May 16, 2019. This particular threat has not been substantiated. Leads are currently being pursued by LPD and we will continue to work with law enforcement to keep campuses, staff, and students safe.
Due to the investigation, the awards assembly that was scheduled for 6:00 p.m. tonight has been canceled.
The safety of our children is a top priority for Fremont County School District#1 and we work hard to ensure our school is a safe and welcoming place for all LMS students to learn and thrive. Any threats to our school community are taken very seriously.
Julie Shanley, LMS Principal