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UPDATED: Adrian police also investigated school threat

Editor's Note: This story was originally published in February 2018. ADRIAN -- Adrian Public Schools District issued another email late Monday afternoon after information regarding a threat made by a student last week was made publicly known. The...

Editor's Note: This story was originally published in February 2018.

ADRIAN - Adrian Public Schools District issued another email late Monday afternoon after information regarding a threat made by a student last week was made publicly known.

The email states that a possible nonspecific threat made Feb. 17 on social media prompted immediate local and county law enforcement action.

The email continues to detail that administration sent an initial email Feb. 19 detailing the procedure it follows when a potential safety threat has been identified without providing specific details of the Feb. 17 threat.

“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.

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


3:57 p.m. Monday : Information regarding a possible school threat made last week by an Adrian Public School District student surfaced Monday following notification of a more recent threat made against another area school.

Adrian Superintendent Roger Graff confirmed Monday afternoon that a threat had been made on social media Feb. 17.

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

According to Adrian Police Chief Shawn Langseth, the threat - made by an Adrian student - did not specifically identify the school district. No arrest was made, Langseth said.

The investigation is still ongoing, and Langseth expects his department will conclude its investigation and turn over reports to the Nobles County Attorney’s Office by Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

An email addressed to district parents, students and staff was sent Feb. 19, but did not include details related to the alleged threat. In the email, district administration addressed the tragedy that left 17 students and staff dead following the Feb. 14 Parkland, Fla. school shooting and assured email recipients that the safety of the districts staff and students was its top priority.

The email also reminded students and parents to report information regarding threats to school administration or law enforcement. In the event the district would receive information regarding a threat, the email continued, it would immediately notify law enforcement and follow safety procedures and district policies for addressing a possible threat.

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The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation. Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening could not immediately be reached for comment.

 

11:57 a.m. Monday : A Jackson County Central student is in custody after allegedly threatening to engage in a school shooting.

According to a joint press release by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County Attorney’s Office, law enforcement arrested a student Sunday night approximately two hours after receiving a report of an alleged threat made online.

The suspect allegedly verbalized the threat to other Jackson County Central High School students while playing an online game. The sheriff’s office received the report at 9:12 p.m. and made the arrest at 11:03 p.m.

JCC Superintendent Todd Meyer and Principal Larry Traetow were made aware of the incident.  

Meyer was not able to immediately be reached for comment.

The press release stated that there is no evidence of an ongoing threat against JCC since the arrest.

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The investigation remains open and the sheriff’s office is working with the county attorney related to any potential criminal charges.

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