Griffith Public Schools

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS DECLARE GRIFFITH ALL CLEAR FROM BOMB THREAT

    Three hours after administrators evacuated the Griffith High School /Middle School campus because of an emailed bomb threat, law enforcement issued the all-clear.

    “We want to be very clear,” Superintendent Peter Morikis said. “Every inch of our campus has been checked and rechecked byofficers and bomb-sniffing dogs. Nothing was found. Experts in the field of cybercrime will continue investigating to locate andprosecute the person – or persons – responsible.”

    Students in Grades 7-12 remained out of school Monday afternoon while the district’s three elementary schools – Beiriger, Readyand Wadsworth – which were not targeted in the threat, remained in school but on lockdown as a safeguard.

    Morikis was grateful for swift action by law enforcement, which began with the Griffith Police Department, but was quicklyexpanded to include local, state and federal agencies, including the FBI and agents from Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.

    “Within seconds of our call, Griffith police were on site,” Morikis said. “I also want to commend our staff and students who dideverything we needed them to do to be evacuated safely and quickly”

    GPS will welcome all students back to the classroom Tuesday morning, which is a late-start Tuesday.

    “We will notify parents via our One-Call system and provide additional messaging as the need arises,” he said. “Please check ourschool website – www.griffith.k12.in.us – for updated information.”

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GRIFFITH MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SENT HOME AFTER BOMB THREAT

    THREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS REMAIN ON LOCKDOWN

    Administrators evacuated the Griffith High School and Middle Schools early Monday following an emailed bomb threat.

    Although the threat targeted the middle/high school campus, the district’s three elementary schools – Beiriger, Ready andWadsworth – were placed on lockdown as a precaution.

    The email from an alias account was electronically time stamped at 5:26 a.m. CST Monday and sent to High School PrincipalBrian Orkis and all five members of the School Board.

    Griffith Police responded immediately. All buses were searched by officers and bomb-sniffing dogs before students were allowed to board them. That was followed by an exhaustive search of both buildings.

    “During an initial search, no explosive devices were found,” Superintendent Pete Morikis said. “Griffith Police – joined bylocal, state and federal agencies including the FBI and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms – are continuing to search the campus.

    “We have suspended the school day for our middle and high school students,” he said. “Elementary students will remain inschool.”

    Morikis said he expects all students to return to the classroom Tuesday morning.

    “We will notify parents via our One-Call system if there is any change to that schedule and provide additional messaging toparents as the need arises,” Morikis said. “Please check our school website – www.griffith.k12.in.us – for updated information.”

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