East Lyme cancels Tuesday’s boys’ basketball game amidst online threat

EAST LYME, Conn. (WTNH)– The basketballs at East Lyme High will remain under lock and key, and the gymnasium will remain empty Tuesday night.

On Monday, the girls’ basketball tournament was cancelled, and Tuesday, the boys’ regularly scheduled basketball game was postponed.

Superintendent James Lombardo checked with town leaders and state police before making his decision. At first he got the go ahead to hold the game.

“But in the end it required that we pull together staff members to be able to provide backpack checks and that sort of thing,” said Lombardo. He says it couldn’t be done with such short notice the day before a holiday.

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The added security was needed after a posting on the social media website Yik Yak threatened a “hail of bullets” in East Lyme. The town is taking it seriously, but one alum doesn’t think some students are.

“Cause they think it’s just somebody anonymously trying to get attention, but it could very well be serious and I’m concerned for them,” said Melanie Merry, now a sophomore in college.

We asked Merry if she would go to the game against Haddam-Killingworth if it wasn’t cancelled.

“I would not actually,” said Merry. “I don’t know. I would just be uncomfortable I think.”

The superintendent is hopeful the person who posted the threat will be caught before winter break ends.

“But if not, we will open school on Monday and we will have police presence at all of our schools,” said Lombardo. “We will have backpack checks at our high school and middle school.”

Since the boys game Tuesday night was a regularly scheduled game, the superintendent says it’s really no problem to postpone it.

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