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Students responsible for school threats in custody

Posted at 4:09 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 16:09:15-04

JACKSON, Mich. — On Friday, Northwest Community Schools Superintendent, Geoff Bontrager, sent a letter out to school stakeholders about school threats that took place earlier this week.

He said that a student involved in Wednesday's threat is no longer allowed on school grounds, and is in custody.

And, in regards to a second incident that happened on Thursday, he said two high school students are now in custody and not allowed on school grounds.

School was open on Friday based on the fact that this situation was quickly resolved by law-enforcement officials, Bontrager said.

The Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety along with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department investigated these incidents that led Northwest Community Schools to close school on Thursday.

Bontrager said that on Wednesday, Sept. 18, a R.W. Kidder Middle School student made a comment that was investigated by administrative staff along with Blackman Police.

The superintendent said the investigation found that there was "no specific or credible threat to the school, staff or the student body at the time."

On Wednesday evening, Bontrager said that the district became aware of "many threatening social media comments" that were targeted at R.W. Kidder Middle School. He said the Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department were notified right away with all the details and they followed up with an investigation.

As a result of the investigation, Bontrager said the district canceled school, including childcare and preschool, for Thursday.

The superintendent said authorities cannot release student-specific information at this time.

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