The award-winning Shaker Heights High School student news organization

The Shakerite

Instagram Threats Send Students Home

Threat to assault the high school with rifle prompts police investigation, parental concerns

The+north+staircase%2C+usually+packed+with+students+between+6th+and+7th+periods%2C+was+sparsely+populated+after+the+high+school+received+two+threats+Oct+7.
The north staircase, usually packed with students between 6th and 7th periods, was sparsely populated after the high school received two threats Oct 7.

The north staircase, usually packed with students between 6th and 7th periods, was sparsely populated after the high school received two threats Oct 7.

Shakerite photo

Shakerite photo

The north staircase, usually packed with students between 6th and 7th periods, was sparsely populated after the high school received two threats Oct 7.

Advertisement

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Three threats made by an anonymous Instagram user have prompted tightened security as well as the voluntary departure of hundreds of students.

A threat to Shaker Heights High School was made over Instagram direct message at 12:12 a.m. from an unknown user. “I am coming with a rifle then I will blow the b—- up,” the message stated. After the first-period announcement, students left the high school in mass, many ushered home by concerned parents or guardians.

The same anonymous Instagram user posted a follow-up threat around noon via direct message saying, “I heard everyone believes it’s a joke. Ha Ha  the school doesn’t know I can do it at anytime just be ready everyone in that school will have their heads blown up or die in an explosion by the end of the week.”  A third message was sent that read, “Too bad there aren’t metal detectors ha ha I might go to that school ha ha ha.”

In response to rumors surrounding the first threat, Principal James Reed made a P.A announcement at 8:37 a.m. directing staff to check emails. The staff email stated, “We and the SHPD are aware of the threat made on [I]nstagram. The police are investigating. School is proceeding as normal today. If you wish to excuse your child today it will be an excused absence.” Parents need to call in to excuse their students before students leave.

Reed sent a follow-up email and phone message to families urging calm at 10:55 a.m. “There are a number of rumors circulating today regarding the high school, none of which are true. The police and school security are investigating the situation, and there is no need for parents to pick up their students.”

Nevertheless, the announcement prompted many to leave school. “There’s four people in my history class and all we’re doing is watching videos,” sophomore David Mack said fourth period.

The naive part of me says there is no threat, but there is always a chance that this could be a real threat.”

— Kayin Claytor

Sophomore Kayin Claytor was ambivalent about the situation. “The naive part of me says there is no threat, but there is always a chance that this could be a real threat,” he said.

He added that “The school would not be able to handle the situation if [an assailant] entered the school.”

There were bomb scares in five schools around Cincinnati near 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.  Specialist Mike Grimes said in an interview with FOX News, “He or she said there were some explosives in one of the schools but wouldn’t say which one.  The caller hung up and the schools began their evacuations.”  The events, however, were not related.

“I know this doesn’t happen that often, because my sister’s been here before me,” said freshman Esme Alexander-Jaffe. “I feel pretty safe right now.”

Reed declined comment.

The Shakerite is following this story as it develops

Journalism I students Don Benincasa and Emet Celeste-Cohen contributed reporting.

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Comment using your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL or Hotmail account

Leave a Comment

Comment above using your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL or Hotmail account. If you don't have an account with any of these websites, you can comment below with your full name and a valid email address.




*

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Instagram Threats Send Students Home

    CAMPUS & CITY

    Police Detain Juvenile Male Running From High School

  • Instagram Threats Send Students Home

    CAMPUS & CITY

    District Evaluations Committee Eradicates SLO from Shaker Schools

  • Instagram Threats Send Students Home

    CAMPUS & CITY

    Following State Mandate, District Suspends Pay For Mitchell

  • Instagram Threats Send Students Home

    CAMPUS & CITY

    The Shakerite Elects 2017-2018 Editorial Board

  • Instagram Threats Send Students Home

    CAMPUS & CITY

    A Look at Kuehnle’s Shaker, 1 Year Later

  • Instagram Threats Send Students Home

    CAMPUS & CITY

    City Council Rejects Sanctuary City Proposal

  • Instagram Threats Send Students Home

    CAMPUS & CITY

    Elementary Science Changes Prompt Heated Community Discussion

  • Instagram Threats Send Students Home

    CAMPUS & CITY

    Questions About the Mitchell Indictment

  • Instagram Threats Send Students Home

    CAMPUS & CITY

    Jury Decides not to Indict Mitchell

  • Instagram Threats Send Students Home

    CAMPUS & CITY

    Travel Ban Impacts Worthing Exchange

The award-winning Shaker Heights High School student news organization
Instagram Threats Send Students Home