Lockdown lifted at Ann Arbor Huron High School

Posted at 1:38 PM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 17:24:09-04

Huron High School in Ann Arbor was placed on lockdown Friday after reports of a suspicious person on the property, according to Ann Arbor police.

Police say the principal reported seeing an unidentified subject enter the school wearing a mask and a hoodie. One student tells 7 Action News that he witnessed the masked man come into the school. 

A large police response could be seen as they worked to clear the situation. A number of students tell 7 Action News that some sort of prank caused the lockdown.

Students tweeted during the ordeal. 

All afternoon and evening events were canceled at Huron for Thursday.

Superintendent Jeanice K. Swift released this statement:

By now you have likely heard that we have experienced an incident at Huron High School today.

Huron High School administration received a report early this afternoon that an individual or individuals entered Huron High School, described as wearing a hoody and a mask. School administration and staff immediately implemented safety protocols and called 911. The building went into lockdown mode and all students remained in place in their classroom with the teacher.

The police arrived and conducted a thorough search of the building but no suspicious individual or individuals were located.. Once police issued the all clear, students were notified and released at the end of the school day.

All afternoon and evening activities at Huron are cancelled for today.

I want to thank the multiple law enforcement first responders who ensured that Huron High School was safe and secure for all of our students, faculty and staff. Special thanks to our Huron staff for their exemplary efforts on behalf of students throughout this episode.

The safety of all of our students and staff is and always will be our top priority.

I am proud that throughout this afternoon, thanks to the prompt and effective implementation of our emergency procedures and the support of law enforcement, our students remained safe at school at all times.

We will debrief from this experience today with our team and with law enforcement officials to ensure that we leverage any opportunities for our emergency procedures