North Adams Community Schools investigation determines there was no ‘potential threat’

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ADAMS COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – North Adams Community Schools moved to a virtual learning day on Friday after the district received a report of a “potential threat to campus safety.”

However an investigation by the district has determined there never was any threat. Instead, it was a case of a statement being repeated and taken out of context.

Friday North Adams sent an email to district parents:

Good afternoon, North Adams Family.  I wanted to let you know that we have completed the investigation into the reported threat to safety we received last night.  We have discovered that there was never any threat made of any kind.  A student told a second student to not “pull out a gun or anything” when witnessing horseplay between he and another student.  These statements were overheard, repeated out of context, and rightfully reported.  North Adams administration is proud and appreciative to the students who reported what they felt was potentially a legitimate threat to safety.  As we tell students, when you see something, say something.  It is the adults’ job to determine if the threat is real or not.

Kim Hiatt, North Adams Community Schools Superintendent

In a message to North Adams families Thursday, Superintendent Hiatt says the move was made “out of an abundance of caution.”

Read the full message below from Superintendent Hiatt:

Good evening, North Adams Families.  We received a report of a potential threat to campus safety this evening. Out of an abundance of caution and to allow time for an exhaustive investigation to take place given the late hour of notification, we will be having eLearning tomorrow, December 10th.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this creates, but your child’s safety is always our primary consideration.

Kim Hiatt, North Adams Community Schools Superintendent

According to a release from the Decatur Police Department, the North Adams school resource officer (SRO) received information on a possible threat towards the school on Thursday.

Decatur Police Chief Leonard Corral says the department is partnering with North Adams administration and the SRO to ensure the safety of students and staff.

“North Adams Administration made the decision to have an E-learning day tomorrow to allow the police department to have ample time to complete a thorough investigation regarding this potential threat,” said Chief Corral in a statement.

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