Parents react to alleged threats made at South Bend Schools

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Two separate investigations are underway at two South Bend Community Schools after an alleged threat was made against them Thursday night. School administrators were made aware and sent out an email to parents informing them of the situation and letting them know security will be enforced Friday morning.

The parents of students attending Nuner Fine Arts Academy said they’re upset with the way the school has handled these alleged threats.

“They call about everything. They call about student of the week, they call about athletes, they call the phones three to four times a day, but to send an email at 10 o’clock at night,” LaShonda Strickland said.

LaShonda Strickland has a son attending Nuner Fine Arts, she found about the alleged threat made at her son's school after she had already dropped him off.

Administration at both Nuner Fine Arts Academy and Clay International Academy was made aware of the reported threats Thursday night, through the quick-tip portal.

Parents tell ABC57 News the school was aware of the reported threat around 2:40 p.m. and had sent an email to parents informing them about the situation around 10 p.m. Thursday night.

“South Bend Community Schools with threats like this could do a lot more than just send emails late at night. There’s a lot of parents who don’t check emails or don’t have emails. So, there’s a lot of parents who didn’t know this was happening today,” Bree’anna Maria said.

South Bend tells ABC57 News that a report was made by Nuner Fine Arts today at 9:15 a.m. After a threat was made just before 3 p.m. on Thursday. At Clay International Academy, a police presence was requested by the school this morning.

The email sent out by the school, reassured parents of a heightened police presence this morning. Parents claim they didn’t see any police at Nuner Fine Arts Academy when they dropped their kids off at school this morning.

“Usually in the morning when I drop my son off at school, there is a cop outside somewhere, and you see him, today there was not,” LaShonda Strickland said.

We reached out to the district about these claims that parents had about not seeing extra police on hand and we also asked if parents could be called instead of emailed. We have not heard back yet from officials.

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