Edwardsburg Public Schools closed due to threat

Published: Dec. 10, 2021 at 3:48 AM EST
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EDWARDSBURG, Mich. (WNDU) - Edwardsburg Public Schools is closed Friday after administrators learned of a threatening social media message.

According to a letter from Superintendent James Knoll, the threat was a copy of a threatening message posted at a school district near Lansing. A further message was added on.

Police have been notified and are investigating the threat, but were unable to complete the investigation before the start of the school day. The superintendent says the threat could lead to serious legal penalties.

Here is the letter he sent to parents and staff Thursday evening:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Edwardsburg Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, December 10, 2021. This evening, Thursday, December 9, 2021, a threatening social media message was forwarded to a district administrator. This message was shared with the administration from a staff member. The threat was a copy of a threatening message posted at another school district in the Lansing area with a further message added.

Law enforcement officials were immediately notified and made aware of the incident. Due to the timing of the message the district or local authorities were unable to fully investigate the threat, prior to the start of the school day. Further direction and information will be shared with you, as soon as it becomes available.

Threats of any nature are against the District Code of Conduct, and can lead to very serious legal penalties. Threats or threatening behavior have no place in our school or community. The consequences for making threats may be dire.

We are thankful the staff member was alert, and activated the threat assessment procedure. If you see something, say something. To submit a tip anonymously online, go to OK2SAY - anyone can report tips on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, or schools. If you, or your child, are in need of assistance or have questions, please reach out to your school building.

Again, thanks to the staff member for acting quickly to notify the district.

Sincerely, James A. Knoll, Ed. S.

Superintendent of Schools

“I hope that, you know, we can all understand that teachers, administrators, principals, they dedicate their lives to the health and wellbeing of these students. Of course, they go into school every single day trying to help them learn and grow, but they’re also there to keep them safe and to keep them protected and when something like this happens, it’s the worst tragedy imaginable for an educator,” says Robert McCann, the Executive Director of the K-12 Alliance of Michigan.

With the filing of two separate $100 million lawsuits following the Oxford shooting, many administrators are concerned, hoping that they can make the right decisions when dealing with these threats.

“If it’s a hoax you know, then its, the hoaxer kind of wins right? Because at that point you’ve taken a day off of school and maybe that’s what they wanted, or maybe they wanted to have some influence or notoriety. But if that’s the case, you’re still better off because, my gosh if you’re wrong, right? It becomes Oxford, and that’s just an amazing tragedy that should never happen,” says Jim Knoll, Edwardsburg’s Superintendent.

The motive of Friday’s threats at Edwardsburg are unclear, and still remain under investigation.

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