Authorities in Montrose Township are investigating an alleged hit list put together by a female student at Hill-McCloy High School.
The Flint Journal reports that police have found no list and that officers did visit the girl's home to see if there was any way such a threat could have been carried out.
Schools across Mid-Michigan and the nation have been on high alert following a shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut last Friday. A total of 26 people - 20 of them children - were gunned down by a 20-year-old man.
Montrose Township Police Chief Darrell Ellis told The Flint Journal that the threat stemmed from a fight the girl had with a boy at school on Thursday. Following that fight, authorities said something occurred over the weekend that raised concerns among students, but what exactly happened hasn't been determined.
"We have heightened awareness, [and we] take threats very serious[ly], but we have safe schools," said Montrose Township Schools superintendent Mark Kleinhans. "We do everything we can to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our students."
Kleinhans said he doesn't know where the threat was made, but stated that something happened over social media.
The girl has been suspended for the remainder of the week and she was interviewed by police.
One parent TV5 spoke with said her child saw the list on Facebook, but that it has since been taken down. Another parent confirmed the same story and that's why police haven't been able to find any list in their initial investigation.
In response to the threat, the following letter was sent home to parents:
Dear Parents of Hill-McCloy High School Students,
As you may or may not be aware, in light of recent events in Connecticut, a threat to our students has surfaced. Please know that we take any and all threats seriously. We are working with the parent of the student and the Montrose Township Police to make sure that this issue is dealt with promptly. The parent has been cooperative with the school and the police. As an added precaution, a home visit has been made by the school and the police to make sure any alleged threat could not be carried out.
As always, you child's safety is our prime concern. To this end, we will continue to have our police liaison office in our district all week. We have asked teachers to make sure classroom doors are closed and locked when students are in class. We have secured all entrances to the building so that visitors may only enter through the office. We also ask that you talk with your children and continue to encourage them to share any information they may have about any suspected threat to our school or students. By working together, we can continue to make Hill-McCloy High School a safe place for students to learn.
James Ply – Principal
Hill-McCloy High School
Montrose Community Schools
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