GEMS Evacuation Update

Dear GEMS Families,

Today we had a bomb threat made at the school and we took the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of everyone. We called the Columbus Police Department and they worked with school administration to investigate the threat and ensure that the building and students were safe. To be very clear, there were no devices or anything of real concern found in the building. We did evacuate the building and had teachers walk the students to designated areas off-campus while the police were present.

GEMS administration have also decided to close school tomorrow, Friday, March 23. We apologize for any inconvenience this may bring. The middle school dance is cancelled, but will be rescheduled.


This obviously is a very serious issue and we ask that you take the time to talk about it with your kids tonight. If there is any information that should be shared with administration, please reach out to us at any time. You can reach Mr. Kutnow via e-mail at Please also reinforce with your students the following:

=         Threats are very serious

=         Please report all concerns or suspicious activity

=         These are not incidents to post on social media or take lightly

=         It is important to follow staff instructions during drills and safety procedures


We look forward to coming back together Monday morning. We will also be debriefing this with students in Crew and classrooms as appropriate.

We understand that this kind of incident is upsetting to students, families, and to our staff. Nonetheless, we are very appreciative of everyone’s support at the end of the day as dismissal and pick-up went very well. 


Thank you for all of your support,

GEMS Administration

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