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Some parents upset by lack of communication in thwarted shooting plot

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Shannon Morace is one upset parent.

"They should've informed the parents and I feel really let down," Morace said.

Her daughter attends Linden Middle School, which, along with the high school, were part of suspected mass shooting plot that was thwarted by police.

Authorities said three teens, two 15-year-olds Lamar Dukes and Cody Brewer, and 18-year-old Ryan Stevens planned to open fire at the school on Oct. 30.

They were arrested on Oct. 29.

But many parents didn’t find out until last Saturday.

"I’m contemplating whether I’m going to take my daughter out of middle school and take her to Fenton. Because I’ve never heard of not being notified of this," Morace said.

Russ Ciesielski is interim superintendent for Linden schools. He sent out a letter to parents Nov. 9.

"I think with any situation whether it be of this magnitude or smaller situations you always learn from them," Ciesielski said.

In the letter he apologized to the parents and shouldered the blame of not notifying parents sooner. He said this is an opportunity for him to improve. With that said, he believes he handled this situation correctly.

"I think what the important piece of this entire situation is that our students are safe," Ciesielski said.

Argentine Township Police Chief Dan Allen agrees.

"Once they were in custody there's a process where they have to be arraigned and that process had to take place first," Allen said. "And plus you don't want to cause a panic. A panic can cause injuries and danger in it's own right."

But Morace isn't buying it she said she demands to be kept in the loop by her daughter's school district.

"That's my choice. I'm the parent. You know that's up to me not the school. So I just thought not being informed is not OK," Morace said.

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