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FULL STORY: Two area schools, law enforcement react to school threats

JACKSON -- Information regarding alleged threats made recently by students of two area schools surfaced early this week. Former Jackson County Central student Jaleel De'Aires Carr, 18, of Jackson, was arrested Sunday evening, approximately two ho...

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JACKSON - Information regarding alleged threats made recently by students of two area schools surfaced early this week.

Former Jackson County Central student Jaleel De’Aires Carr, 18, of Jackson, was arrested Sunday evening, approximately two hours after the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of an alleged threat he made while playing an online video game with other JCC high school students. A second JCC student, a juvenile, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after other students reported comments the student allegedly made to “shoot up the school” Monday afternoon. That student will remain in secure detention until a conditions of release hearing can be held in juvenile court.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson County Attorney’s Office will work together related to any potential delinquency charges.

Charges were officially filed Tuesday against Carr in Jackson County District Court for felony threats of violence. His bail was set at $15,000 with conditions or $50,000 without. Release conditions prohibit Carr from having contact with seven victims or from being on school grounds, including buses. The victims, identified only by their initials, are presumably other students that witnessed the alleged threat. Carr’s initial appearance is scheduled for March 7 in Jackson County District Court.

According to the criminal complaint, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was notified around 9 p.m. Sunday of a school shooting threat allegedly made by someone attached to Carr’s gaming account the night before.

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The sheriff’s office immediately interviewed other JCC student witnesses. Multiple witnesses recounted how Carr’s gaming account name appeared briefly Saturday evening in a Playstation game they were playing together. Carr allegedly only entered the game long enough to warn them not to attend school Monday and threatened to engage in a school shooting.

Authorities arrested Carr at approximately 11:03 p.m. Sunday. He denied making threats against the school.

The sheriff’s office executed a search warrant of Carr’s residence on Feb. 25.

According to the complaint, no firearms, plans, notes, maps or other planning-type materials were found to support that he engaged in pre-planning of a school shooting.

The sheriff’s office reported there was no evidence of an ongoing threat against the school since Carr’s arrest. Students were in school Monday.

In Tuesday evening’s press release announcing the second arrest, the sheriff’s and county attorney offices encouraged parents to speak with their students to “help alleviate any fears that their students may express.” The release added that such threats are “not a joke and should not ever be made,” and encouraged parents to advise their students to immediately come forward with any potential threat.

As information regarding the alleged JCC threat was released Monday, further information was divulged regarding a possible threat made by an Adrian Public Schools student more than a week earlier.

Adrian Superintendent Roger Graff and Adrian Police Chief Shawn Langseth confirmed Monday afternoon that a nonspecific threat was made by an Adrian student on social media Feb. 17.

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“Law enforcement was immediately notified and an investigation immediately took place,” Graff said Monday. “Based on the work they did, we felt we could safely proceed with school with no potential threat to our kids.”

No arrest was made, and the investigation remained ongoing early this week. Langseth expected his department would conclude its investigation and turn over reports to the Nobles County Attorney’s Office today or Thursday. That office would then be responsible for filing a criminal complaint if deemed appropriate.

The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.

The Adrian Public School District issued two emails to parents and staff regarding the incident, although only one specifically referenced the alleged incident with its student.

The district initially sent an email two days after (Feb. 19) the alleged incident that addressed the tragedy that left 17 students and staff dead following the Feb. 14 Parkland, Fla. school shooting. The email assured its recipients that the safety of the district’s staff and students was its top priority, and detailed how the district would act should it receive a reported threat.

The district sent another email Monday with details more specific to the Feb. 17 incident.

“Moving forward, we are reevaluating how we will communicate with our community in the future regarding such incidents, and we regret not providing more detailed information at the time,” the email read.

Administration also suggested two resources - Crisis Management Institute and American School Counselor Association - to approach discussing the topic.

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