Anonymous threat prompts evacuation of Ballard Elementary School

Published 11:47 am Friday, March 15, 2024

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UPDATE 2: An Superintendent Dr. Dan Applegate issues an update:

“At Niles Community Schools, our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students, families, teachers and staff. Earlier today, the Michigan State Police and Niles Police Department notified the district of an anonymous bomb threat that was made at Ballard Elementary. Immediately, we evacuated students to Niles High School so that the police could conduct their investigation. All students are safe and accounted for, and the building and grounds have been cleared after a thorough search. The district is no longer on lockdown. We will continue to work closely with local law enforcement to address this matter. We want our students, families and staff to know that we take these matters very seriously and will take additional precautions in the days ahead.”

UPDATE: According to a social media post from Niles Community Schools, Ballard Elementary students have been evacuated to Niles High School due to an anonymous threat. All students are safe and accounted for. No other threats have been made at other schools. Once all students are at Niles High School, a reunification plan will be issued by the district. FBI is assisting with an investigation of the incident.

NILES — Ballard Elementary School was evacuated Friday morning, according to Michigan State Police.

Authorities are on the scene and students are being picked up by school buses off-campus under the supervision of teachers and staff. The district is currently working on contacting parents and relaying the latest information. The reason for the evacuation is currently unknown.

This is a developing story. will be updated as more information becomes available.