District statement on sentencing in Zemmer case

Today’s sentencing in the Zemmer case marks the close of a long and difficult chapter for our entire community, but especially the parents, students, and staff of Lapeer Community Schools. We acknowledge that these events will forever impact the lives of the three young men in court today, but we hope that the sentencing will serve as the beginning of a new chapter for our community as a whole. In addition, we hope this entire situation will serve as a stark reminder for all students that words matter. Any threat, real or perceived, to the well-being of our school community will not be tolerated. 

From the moment we became aware of the threat, our exclusive and relentless focus has been the health, safety, and welfare of all our students, staff, and employees. Today’s sentencing ensures that these young men will have no contact with each other or the students and staff at any of our buildings. To that end, we have taken every opportunity to support the activities of law enforcement, including the Prosecutor’s Office, with the singular goal of ensuring that our students and staff are safe while at school. This has been and will remain the focus of Lapeer Community Schools. We appreciate the work that has been done by law enforcement, the Prosecutor’s Office, and the Court to bring these three individuals to justice and, most importantly, protect our school community from the contemplated evil which may have resulted.   

We encourage all students, parents and community members to remain vigilant and to take advantage of upcoming opportunities to engage with the District on the important topic of school safety.  As always, we encourage all parents to monitor their children’s activities on social media. 

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