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Threatening phone call closes Saginaw middle school

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Officers and K-9 units were on-hand after an anonymous threat closed yet another Mid-Michigan school this week.

Class at Thompson Middle School in Saginaw was canceled Wednesday, Feb. 28 after an anonymous caller threatened to shoot the school up.

Superintendent Nathaniel McClain posted on Facebook warning parents of the incident.

He said police are working to identify the person who made the call and determine its credibility.

"This is a very serious offense. It's affecting not only Saginaw Public Schools, but other communities nearby and across the country and it needs to stop," Saginaw Public School District Board President Rudy Patterson said.

One student said he thinks whoever phones in the threat should go to jail.

"I really didn't know, but it's a horrible thing to do," said Robert Lee, eighth grader.

Thompson already has strict security measures in place. Students have their backpacks checked and go through a metal detector when arriving for class.

Neighbors shook their heads over the news.

"There's a lot of stuff going on and anything that's a threat now, you've gotta take it seriously," said Ray-Ray, Saginaw resident.

Meanwhile, the school board president has a message to whoever made the call and to anyone else thinking about doing the same.

"Absolutely stop it. It's uncalled for. If you have issues, come forward. Sit at the table with us and let's discuss them," Patterson said.

Classes will resume Thursday.

"We would like to thank the Saginaw Police Department, Michigan State Police, and FBI for committing resources to investigating yesterday’s threat and ensuring that Thompson Middle School’s campus is secure. We will continue to assist law enforcement with identifying the person responsible for making the threat," McClain said.

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