Parma Senior High School Closed Today Due to School Shooting Threat

click to enlarge Parma Senior High School Closed Today Due to School Shooting Threat
Parma City School District
Parma Senior High School is closed Thursday as school officials and local police investigate a threat of a school shooting.

Principal Andrew Suttell sent a message to families Thursday morning advising that a current student sent an email late Wednesday night alleging that a former student was planning a school shooting.

"We immediately notified our safety and security team and the Parma Police Department," the message read. "We continue to investigate, but until we can substantiate that this is not credible, we will not hold classes."

The school's social media accounts made the announcement Thursday morning.
Final exams were scheduled for this week and Principal Suttell said the school would communicate a revised plan to make up Thursday testing. Friday, June 3, was meant to be the last day of school for students.

As of shortly after 11 a.m., the school's communications office told Scene that the police investigation was ongoing and that there were no updates to be shared. Information will be provided to school families and the media as it becomes available.

Update 12:12 p.m.: Superintendent Charles Smialek has communicated that the Parma Police Department has given school officials the “all clear” to resume school proceedings, having determined that the threat has no credibility. 

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