Lapeer students to return to class Thursday after investigation leads to early dismissal

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Published: Nov. 15, 2023 at 11:38 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2023 at 2:41 PM EST
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LAPEER CO., Mich. (WNEM) - Lapeer High School (LHS) students were dismissed early from school on Wednesday out of an “abundance of caution,” Lapeer Community Schools said.

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, students were dismissed from school at 11:30 a.m. due to a law enforcement investigation, according to the school district.

“As we have stated, this investigation is not in response to an active threat against any student or staff member at LHS. This will simply allow us to facilitate a more thorough search of Lapeer High School,” Lapeer Community Schools said in a post on its website.

The school district said it is fully cooperating with a law enforcement investigation and it is in the best interest of all students and staff to clear the building for the rest of the school day.

Later in the day, Superintendent Matt Wandrie sent a letter to parents saying they received information about a potential weapon hidden somewhere inside the high school.

“After the initial search of student lockers failed to uncover anything of concern, we made the decision to dismiss students early in order to facilitate an even more thorough search of the entire campus by our law enforcement partners,” Wandrie said in the letter.

Authorities searched the entire campus and cleared the scene. Students will return to class as normal on Thursday, Wandrie said.

“I want to reassure you that we will continue to do everything we can to keep our schools safe. Sometimes exercising an abundance of caution can cause a major disruption, one like we saw today. Even so, today’s disruption is a relatively small price to pay to ensure our students and staff feel safe at school,” Wandrie said.

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