East Lansing Lockdown Today, Mich. — In light of a “concerning” statement that was shared on social media, all of East Lansing’s educational institutions and City Hall will be closed on Wednesday, March 8th, 2023. The East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) report that there was no specific facility that was targeted; nevertheless, “East Lansing” was specifically threatened. As ELPS and the police continue to work together on a joint investigation, the school will remain closed for the remainder of the day.
The administration has requested that all employees, students, and families check their emails for any developments. It is anticipated that additional correspondence will be delivered to their inboxes sometime around midday. The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) issued a notification stating that the department had also been threatened, which led to the lockdown of City Hall. According to the police, members of their staff will be stationed around the entrances.
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Tuesday, January 24th, 2023, East Lansing High School was put on lockdown for almost two hours while authorities looked into a gun report that turned out to be unsubstantiated. The report was linked to something that was “overheard in the corridor and misconstrued,” according to a statement from Dori Leyko, the superintendent of East Lansing Public Schools.
The high school was placed in a shelter-in-place status, which locks all exterior doors, mandates that classroom doors be locked, and restricts movement while allowing teachers to continue lessons, around 9:45 a.m., as the district received the report of a threat and an exterior door alarm was almost simultaneously triggered. The district concluded that there was no connection between the door and the threat report.
According to East Lansing Police Capt. Chad Pride, no weapons were discovered inside the school. Pride claimed that when parents first called the police to inquire about the lockdown after hearing about it through their children and policemen arriving at the school, it was parents, not school officials. District officials investigated the school, but no weapons were discovered, according to Pride.
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