Lander Middle School Threats being investigated

Entrance to the Lander Middle School

It’s happened again, this time in Lander. A threat to students at Lander Middle School was revealed by the Lander Police Department overnight.

In a statement released to the media, the LPD said a fourteen (14) year-old LMS student allegedly made threats of conducting a school shooting. At the time, the school took appropriate action and suspended the student while an investigation ensued.

“Today, May 15, 2019, the Lander Police Department received at least eight (8) Safe-2-Tell alert tips from concerned parents and peers to this same 14 year-old student indicating this student was going to “shoot up the school.” Upon further investigation, it was learned these Safe-2-Tell tips, received only today, were a part of last weeks incident at the Lander Middle School,” the LPD statement read.

The Lander school released a statement shortly after the incident became known last Wednesday, that the schools administration and School Resource Officers investigated and found “no substantiated threat to LMS students or staff.”

However, further investigation revealed this same 14 year-old student allegedly told a peer yesterday to “stay home from school tomorrow,” Thursday, May 16, 2019, as he/she was going to “shoot up the school.” This particular threat has not yet been officially substantiated. Leads are currently being pursued to either substantiate or discredit the threat.

This incident is currently being investigated by the Lander Police Department and the Fremont County School District #1. Please be assured, every effort is being made to keep all school campuses, staff and students safe. There will be a heightened uniformed law enforcement presence at all FCSD #1 schools on Thursday, May 16th.

LMS Principal Julie Shanley said that due to the investigations, the awards assembly that was scheduled for 6 pm tonight at the school has been cancelled.

With respect to the laws governing juveniles, the names of any FCSD #1 student will not be subject to public record. Please check back for updates to this investigation.