Administration says alleged threat to Discovery Middle School not credible

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GRANGER, Ind. (WNDU) – The administration at Discovery Middle School says it has received calls about a shooting threat to the school, but police reportedly have not found evidence that it is credible.

The alleged threat is to be carried out Thursday, according to an email sent to parents by Discovery Principal Sheryll Harper Tuesday afternoon.

The school says the St. Joseph County Police Department is investigating the threat and reportedly has "been unable to substantiate it."

Police also reportedly "have been unable to trace the alleged threat back to an original source with firsthand knowledge or an eyewitness account of the supposed threat being made."

Because of those two factors, the principal's letter says the administration has deemed the threat not credible.

The letter says Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation takes its students' safety seriously, and an investigation into the alleged threat was underway immediately upon hearing of it.'

"We have confidence in the findings of SJCPD," the letter says. "We will continue to monitor this situation and investigate any follow-up leads on this threat."

The full letter from Harper has been reproduced below:
Dear Discovery Families,

This letter is to inform you that P-H-M Safety and Security Department has received calls through the Safe School Helpline and students have reported to Discovery School Administrators rumors of an alleged school shooting threat that is to take place on Thursday, April 18, 2019. The St. Joseph County Police Department was notified and has been investigating this alleged threat and has been unable to substantiate it. Simultaneously, we have also conducted numerous student interviews and have been unable to trace the alleged threat back to an original source with first-hand knowledge or an eyewitness account of the supposed threat being made. Therefore, we have deemed this threat to be non-credible.

The safety of your child is a top priority for Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation. We take these matters very seriously. P-H-M’s Director of Safety and Student Services Mike Seger notified St. Joseph County Police Department and they began their investigation immediately. We have confidence in the findings of SJCPD. We will continue to monitor this situation and investigate any follow-up leads on this threat.

Penn-Harris-Madison Schools have safety and security measures in place and will continue to provide a safe school environment for students to succeed in the classroom.

Rumors, misinformation and pranks cause disruptions to the educational system. We understand parents’ decision if they choose not to send their student(s) to school on Thursday, April 18. If that is the choice you make, please remember to call the front office at 674-6010 by 11:00 a.m. to report your child’s absence for that day. Friday, April 19 is an already scheduled recess day and school will not be in session.

Remind your children to report any unsafe behavior or situation to an adult … see something, say something! As you are aware, P-H-M utilizes the Safe School Helpline® as a confidential way to report student safety concerns. It is Available 24/7 via phone, text or online:

Safe School Helpline®

Call: 1-800-418-6423, ext. 359

Text: TIPS to 66746

Online: SafeSchoolHelpline.com

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Sheryll Harper, Principal
Discovery Middle School