North Adams Schools move to online learning Friday after “potential threat”

North Adams Schools will move to online learning on Friday after what the superintendent...
North Adams Schools will move to online learning on Friday after what the superintendent described as a "potential threat."(North Adams Schools)
Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 9:52 PM EST
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DECATUR, Ind. (WPTA) - A “potential threat” to campus safety is forcing North Adams Schools to move to online learning on Friday.

In a note to parents and students on Thursday, Superintendent Kim Hiatt said the decision was made out of an “abundance of caution. She said the district received a report of a potential threat to campus safety Thursday evening, adding that authorities were investigating.

The nature of the threat was not explained and Hiatt did not immediately return requests for additional information. Bellmont High School, Bellmont Middle School, and Bellmont Elementary School are co-located on the same campus.

School safety plans across the country are under review, after a deadly shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan on November 30. Eleven people were shot, four were killed. A 15-year-old student, Ethan Crumbley, is being charged as an adult. His parents are facing charges too. The district is facing several lawsuits amid accusations that school leaders knew Crumbley was a threat but failed to take proper preventative action.

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