Classes at East Lansing Public Schools resume Thursday following social media threat

‘No direct threat to the community,’ police say
Published: Mar. 8, 2023 at 8:02 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 8, 2023 at 8:42 PM EST
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - East Lansing Public Schools will have classes Thursday after a threat on social media caused the closure of all campuses Wednesday.

School officials canceled all Wednesday events scheduled to be onsite in the district, including the middle school orchestra concert, high school theater practice, driver’s education classes, archery practice and any other events that were scheduled at any of the eight school campuses.

According to authorities, an unknown individual made a threatening post on Snapchat that included a photo of a gun and a message indicating that “everyone [would be] dying at east lansing tomorrow.”

The East Lansing Police Department said an IP address had been traced, where they conducted a search and interviewed individuals. School officials said no weapon was found at the location, but someone reportedly admitted to posting the threats.

“An individual has confessed to posting the threats,” said Superintendent Dori Leyko. “ELPD and ELPS are in communication with the family, and the student will not be present at school. We understand the desire to know details of the investigation and action that will be taken.”

East Lansing Public Schools will be open Thursday. It will be a half-day due to conferences.

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