Schools locked down after email threat

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FEDERAL and local law enforcement officers in full gear conducted an extensive search at Marianas High School on Friday, around 1 p.m., after it received an email threat from a student account.

A police vehicle is parked near the entrance to Marianas High School on Friday while local and federal law enforcement officers conduct a search after MHS received a threatening email.  Photo by Bryan Manabat

As part of the Public School System protocol, MHS and all public schools on Saipan were locked down.

Asked about the content of the email, Department of Public Safety spokesman Dre Pangelinan said: “I do not have the details regarding the email at the moment, but as soon as the call was placed, DPS rushed to the scene.”

MHS personnel implemented the lockdown protocol and detained the students in the classrooms until DPS responders had “cleared” them.

“After a rigorous search was conducted no weapon was found and no suspect has been apprehended at this time,” Pangelinan said.

At 2:53 p.m. an all-clear was declared, and students were released to their school bus, parent, or legal guardian, he added.

But law enforcement personnel remained at the scene, to further ensure the safety of the students, Pangelinan said.

“DPS would like to thank the parents and guardians for their patience as the safety of the students is of the highest priority,” he added.

In January, Kagman High School received a “shooting threat” from a student email account.

DPS conducted a search on campus but did not find any weapon.

The school principal met with the student who owned the email address, but the student denied sending the email.

A parent, who declined to be identified, said “until a perpetrator is held accountable for wasting everyone’s time and government resources, there will be more of these ‘threats.’”

DPS said if you or someone you know want to report a crime that occurred in your school, call 911. If you would like to remain anonymous call the CNMI Crime Stoppers hotline at 234-7272. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for any information leading to an arrest.

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