UPDATE: Police continuing to investigate NWMS threat; school banning large bags

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After a social media threat referencing Noblesville West Middle School prompted a police investigation, Noblesville Schools officials have said the district is still on alert.

In a message to parents and staff on May 28, district officials announced that the threat had been made overnight between May 27 and 28, coming just after the one-year anniversary of a shooting at the school May 25, 2018.

As the business day came to an end, another statement was released, saying the investigation into the threat is ongoing.

“As we did today, we will continue moving forward with our normal schedule at West (Middle School) this week,” the statement read. “Principal (Stacey) Swan reported lower attendance than expected at West, but heard from many students and staff at school that they were having a great day. While we are disappointed with the news from this weekend, we feel confident that together we can have a strong finish to the school year.”

The last day of school is May 31.

In further response to the threat, district officials announced a ban on large bags and backpacks at NWMS through the end of the week. Clear, plastic bags are being provided to students.

NWMS students are being excused from missing class, but district officials are reminding parents that if a student is going to be absent, they must still call the attendance line at 317-776-7799.

In addition, all of this week’s events will proceed as planned.

“We will continue to have increased security measures, police presence and counselors throughout the week,” the statement read, “including at all evening events, tomorrow’s Student of the Month breakfast, and the eighth-grade picnic.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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