Ely school, police department respond to “threatening graffiti”

A person of interest was interviewed

ELY POLICE DEPT stated: “On March 23, 2018 while investigating the threats made against Ely Memorial High School, a person of interest was interviewed.
“This person admitted to making the threats and evidence was collected. The Ely Police Department will be forwarding all evidence and reports to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office for charge considerations.
“This was a joint investigation between the Police Department and Ely Memorial High School staff.

“We would like to reiterate that we never felt there was a safety risk, and the children’s safety is our top priority.”

Ely Echo front page report: With the country on edge over fears of school shootings, the Ely school district dealt with a situation on Wednesday.
A message was sent to parents both via email and computerized phone call alerting them of “threatening graffiti.”
School remained open on Thursday although there were reports of numerous parents keeping children home from school.
The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon, in a stall in a girls bathroom. It was reported at approximately 1:45 p.m.
“Threatening graffiti was discovered in a bathroom in the Memorial Building on Wednesday afternoon, March 21st. The Ely Police Department was immediately notified by administration. The Ely Police Department is investigating and has determined the incident to not be a credible threat,” was the message sent to parents.
School Superintendent Kevin Abrahamson told the Echo Thursday, “The measures the school took were to immediately contact Ely P.D. Upon their arrival, we informed them of the contents of the graffiti. Following this, we assisted them according to their protocols in obtaining information.”
Abrahmason added, “The school’s security cameras were and are being used to help identify those who may have used the lavatory during the day; however, the cameras will not give us evidence of anyone writing in the lavatory.”
The Ely Police Department issued a statement Wednesday evening:
“On March 21, 2018 the Ely Police Department responded to the Ely Memorial High School for written threats found in bathroom. Upon investigation we have have determined there is NO credible threat of violence against the school. However we take all precautions when anything like this surfaces as school safety is a priority for the District and the Ely Police Department. The investigation into who left the threat is ongoing and we will remain vigilant.”
Facebook posts Wednesday night searched for answers as to how serious the threat was to students and exactly what did it say.
“This is something not to take lightly no matter who it is. As for now I have one daughter scared as heck and the other said she’s going, but do I want her to go?” read one post.
An Ely teacher posted, “I am teaching tomorrow. My kid is going to school tomorrow. That is not advice, just information that may help some with perspective.”
The Ely Police Department added a post on its Facebook page: “We will also have officers in the school until the investigation is complete.”
Posts on the EPD page asked for answers as to what exactly was the threat, how was it determined the threat is not credible, and why would there be a need for officers in the school if the threat is not credible?
“I understand there may be unknown details and/or details you cannot release, but the vagueness of the news release is causing so much concern that many kids will be missing school today,” a parent posted on the EPD Facebook page.
Abrahamson said Thursday the number of students not in school was around 20-30 in the Memorial building.