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Euclid explains why school was kept open after online threat cancels classes at Lutheran East

Online threat against Euclid Schools prompts early morning call. (Source: WOIO) Online threat against Euclid Schools prompts early morning call. (Source: WOIO)
EUCLID, OH (WOIO) -

A threat on social media has canceled classes Monday at Lutheran East High School in Cleveland Heights.

The message threatening students at Lutheran East and in the Euclid School District was posted on Instagram late Sunday night. The message, like those phoned in last month to other Ohio school districts, threatened of violence.

Lutheran East principal Chris Steinmann chose to cancel classes at his school while parents in the Euclid school district received a robocall early Monday notifing them of the threat and the district posted a message on its website. 

Superintendent Keith Bell had released the following statement:

"Euclid City Schools are open today because we believe them to be safe. We have deployed additional personnel to each school and have extra security measures in place to assist in the mission of keeping students safe. We will continue to work with the Euclid Police Department and provide updates as they become available."
Superintendent Keith Bell.

FROM EUCLID CITY SCHOOLS WEBSITE:
"Good evening families. This is Dr Smialek, Assistant Superintendent of the Euclid Schools. I apologize the late call, but wanted you to hear this information as soon as possible. This evening, we learned of a threat of gun violence toward all Euclid Schools. The threat was posted on Instagram and said "At 10:00, all Euclid schools and LEHS we'll get shot up." We have contacted the Euclid Police Department and they are investigating. We will call you tomorrow morning with an update. We appreciate the multiple parents and students who forwarded this information to school administrators. Student safety is our first priority and we appreciate your partnership in this endeavor. Again, we will call you tomorrow morning with an update after we learn more from the Euclid Police Department. Good night."

Officials are actively investigating the threat. 

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