September 25, 2017-Griffith Public School Corporation confirmed in a statement that Griffith High School and Griffith Middle School were evacuated earlier today due to a threat received via e-mail. Griffith Elementary Schools were placed on temporary lockdown while the High School and Middle School were evacuated. “The email from an alias account was electronically time stamped at 5:26 a.m. CST Monday and sent to High School PrincipalBrian Orkis and all five members of the School Board” the statement read.
Griffith Police responded immediately. All buses were searched by officers and bomb-sniffing dogs before students were allowed to board them. That was followed by an exhaustive search of both buildings. “During an initial search, no explosive devices were found,” Superintendent Pete Morikis said. “Griffith Police – joined by local, state and federal agencies including the FBI and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms – are continuing to search the campus.
“We have suspended the school day for our middle and high school students,” Superintendent Morikis said. “Elementary students will remain ins chool.”
Knox Community School Corporation has also announced that they received a telephone threat and placed their schools implemented safety protocols:
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Knox Community Schools received a phone call from an individual who threatened to harm students and staff today, September 25, at KCSC. The caller was anonymous and police are investigating the incident. As a precautionary measure, KCSC has implemented safety protocols. There is no imminent threat, however.
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