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Update on MI High School Bomb Threat Incident

Dec 14, 2017 - ​This afternoon, the Mercer Island Police Department responded to a bomb threat incident at the MI High School. Although there is no ongoing safety concern for tomorrow, classes at the High School have been canceled. The following is an update letter sent out this evening to all parents by MI School District Superintendent Donna Colosky.

"Dear Mercer Island families,
 
As you may be aware, Mercer Island High School (MIHS) received a bomb threat this afternoon. That incident was promptly addressed and the threat found not to be credible. As a precaution, a full sweep and search of MIHS was conducted by the Mercer Island Police Department. The students involved have been identified and the Mercer Island Police Department is working with the District and the studentsí families.
 
In light of the three separate student-initiated threats at MIHS in the past few weeks, the Mercer Island School District is cancelling high school classes and all after-school and athletic activities at MIHS for Friday, December 15, 2017. All other Mercer Island schools will operate on regular schedule Friday, which is the last day before winter break. High School students are expected to respect the learning environments of the other schools and are not permitted to be on any school campus tomorrow.  
 
Although there is not a viable safety concern for tomorrow, taking this step allows MIHS students and staff to regroup.
 
District and MIHS administration will use this time to collaborate with staff on ways to address these situations. We will also strategize on how to educate our students on the legal implications and extreme disruption these threats cause. Our goal is to help maintain a positive high school community when school resumes January 2, 2018.
 
Thank you for your continuing support as we deal with these threats and their impact on our school community.
 
Donna Colosky
Superintendent
Mercer Island School District



 

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