MacDonald Middle School closes early due to threat


MMS Student leaves school early after a threatening message was left at the school Friday. Photo by Marie Adele Grosso

At 9:20 am Thursday, parents at MMS received an email informing them that the school found a note threatening to commit a mass shooting earlier this morning and after sending it to East Lansing Police Department they decided to send students home for the day at 9:30 am.

“From our investigation, we have decided to err on the cautious side and release students and staff from our building,” the email from Glenn Mitcham, assistant Superintendent said.

After the email, parents took to the Support Public Education in East Lansing Facebook account to figure out what to do next. 

“Anyone have any more details about what is going on at MMS? My kid is a walker and I don’t even know if it’s safe for him to walk home right now,” Beth Peck posted.

Parents chimed in with their opinions and concerns. Maggie Moore, the mother of three middle school students and math teacher at ELHS, said she has to put her trust in the MMS administrators and police.

“Both as a parent and as a teacher, I need to try to put my trust and faith into people who are making these decisions.”

Other buildings were not evacuated. 

This article will be updated throughout the day as more information is released.