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The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has recently responded to nine threats towards local school districts. This is a considerable increase in the number of school-related threats and requires a significant dedication of resources to investigate.

 

WCSO takes each of these cases seriously and use every resource possible to fully investigate their validity. Their goal is to ensure safety, and in doing so, we must make every effort to stay vigilant and not assume that these threats are just a common prank. However, with those investigations comes significant impacts to students, parents, teachers, and law enforcement officers. Each investigation takes a considerable amount of resources. Bomb-sniffing dogs are often brought in, numerous officers are needed in order to secure the scene, students are often evacuated or relocated, and ultimately the school day is disrupted. Locking down or evacuating an entire school can also be a traumatic and frightening experience for many of our young students.

 

Due to the significant community impact that these incidents are having, WCSO is asking for parents and educators to help us in communicating to our students the severity of these “pranks” or social media posts.

 

In the event that WCSO is able to identify the person responsible for the threat they will be seeking criminal charges where appropriate. It is not the intention to arrest and charge every student where school discipline is appropriate, but in cases where crimes have been committed and where an arrest is warranted there is the possibility that those responsible may be charged.

 

It is also important to acknowledge the numerous students that have come forward and reported these threats as they have been posted on social media or written on school walls. WCSO thanks you and asks that you continue to make reports whenever a post is threatening. In doing so you are helping to keep our community safe.

 

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2019-01-01
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