Threats close Monroe high schools; teen arrested

  • In US
  • 2021-12-07 18:14:58Z
  • By The Monroe News
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Monroe High School and Orchard Center High School were both closed Tuesday after threats were made on social media that led to the arrest of a teenager.

Officials with Monroe Public Schools worked with the Monroe Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office to investigate a social media message that potentially threatened school safety at both buildings.

According to a press release issued by the sheriff's office late Tuesday morning, the investigation into the threat led to a 15-year-old MPS student being apprehended and lodged in the Monroe County Youth Center.

The post reportedly first appeared on Snapchat before being shared on other social media platforms.

"Deputy Michael Stahl, Detective Michael Swiercz, Monroe City Police Office Brian Winsjansen, and the Monroe Public Schools Administration worked in collaboration to identify the source of the threat," the press release reads. "Additional investigation led to the person of interest, a 15-year-old Monroe Public Schools student. The parents of the 15-year-old student cooperated with the investigation.

"Information gathered during this investigation indicates the motive in this incident appears to be an attempt to have school canceled."

The case has been turned over to the Monroe County Prosecutor's Office for review and a decision regarding filing criminal charges. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Deputy Michael Stahl at 734-240-7538 or Detective Michael Swiercz at 734-240-7530.

"Monroe Public Schools will always take appropriate actions to protect our students," MPS Supt. Dr. Julie Everly wrote in a press release issued by the school district. "Reports from school families enabled an investigation to be swiftly launched which led to a quick resolution. I am exceptionally proud of our students and our school community for the communication and collaboration that occurred. We are always stronger when we work together, and this certainly proved that to be true."

The threat to the Monroe high schools is just the latest in a series of copycat threats to schools across Monroe County, and the state as a whole, following the school shooting last week at Oxford High School in Oakland County.

There were two threats to buildings within the Huron School District last Friday, as graffiti discovered within bathrooms at both Renton Junior High and Huron High School prompted investigations from the Huron Township Police Department.

The threat at Renton Junior High was previously reported by the Monroe News. Neither this threat, nor the one at the high school reportedly contained any specific target, and no suspects are currently in custody.

The school day at the high school consisted of a full-day schedule, while Renton had a previously scheduled half day. According to press releases issued by the Huron Township Public Safety Department, no weapons or anything else that presented an immediate danger to students or staff was located throughout the full-day investigations into the two threats.

In a letter to Huron families, district Supt. Donovan Rowe said the two incidents were determined to be unrelated.

"In both cases, the discovery prompted staff to initiate threat assessment protocols out of an abundance of caution, while police continued to investigate the situation," Rowe wrote. "In addition, I had a discussion with the Huron Township Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety, Everette Robbins, pertaining to the uptick in reported incidents that we have experienced in the region and the state. We wanted to take a moment to remind you that we take each of these cases seriously and use every resource possible to fully investigate their validity. Our goal is to ensure safety, and in doing so, we must make every effort to stay vigilant and not assume that all potential threats are just a common prank. However, with those investigations comes significant impacts to students, parents, teachers, and law enforcement officers."

This article originally appeared on The Monroe News: Threats close Monroe high schools; teen arrested


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