February 9, 2016

AE goes into lockdown due to threat

Police say threat not credible


TWINING — Arenac Eastern was in lockdown for nearly an hour Dec. 2 as deputies with the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department investigated a threat, according to undersheriff Don McIntyre.

“They had a note that was found on a student, which alleged some harm to another student,” he said.

McIntyre said four police deputies were dispatched to the school to investigate the threat, which he said was found not credible after it was investigated.

“Generally, if we are able to identify who the person is, we establish contact with that person,” he said. “Then, we contact the parents to see if that person could carry out that threat.”

Whenever the sheriff’s department is conducting an investigation due to a threat made in a school, the school stays in lockdown, McIntyre said.

“Any time that we have a threat that’s presented in a school district, we go into lockdown and stay there until we find out,” he said.

The school was in lockdown for 40 minutes, according to McIntyre. Deputies cleared the scene around 3 p.m.

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