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Deputies investigate threat found in bathroom to 'shoot up' Macomb high school

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Posted at 11:25 AM, Feb 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-16 13:08:25-05

Macomb County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a threat located on a urinal in one of the male bathrooms in Dakota High School.

The threat was written to "shoot up the school on 2-15-18." 

After investigating, deputies found no credible information, as over 100 males had been in and out of the bathroom over the course of the school day.

Since the threat was dated for Friday, additional deputies were posted at the school.

While deputies were on school grounds, it was reported that several students overheard another male student in the Ninth Grade Center, stating he had a gun with him.

Police say the student is currently being investigated and no gun has been located as of now.

Police do not think the two incidents are related, and school is still in regular session.

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office will continue to investigate.

The following letter was sent to parents of Dakota High School regarding the incident:

Dear Dakota Parents and Guardians,

We have heard reports of rumors being spread on social media today about our school. We are writing to you to let you know that our students are safe and that we take all reports of school threats very seriously. Rest assured we would never have students in school if we felt it wasn’t safe.

Unfortunately, since the Florida high school incident we have investigated two situations on our campus involving our students.  A student wrote graffiti in a boy’s restroom that was sent out via Snapchat to others.  Another student was said to have made concerning remarks about having a gun to others.  Both situations were investigated by police and our administrative team and were deemed not credible.  

Parents, we ask that you talk to your child about the serious consequences involved with making threats at school. Any student involved in activities like these will face serious school consequences, including the possibility of permanent expulsion.

At Dakota High School we are committed to providing our students, staff and families with a wonderful and safe learning environment.  Every member of the Dakota High School team is committed to creating and maintaining a safe environment for our students.  Keeping our schools safe is a collaborative effort involving students, parents, staff, community members, and law enforcement personnel.

Thank you for taking the time to reinforce these important messages at home.  Please spend some time taking to your child about your expectations for behavior at school and at home.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.