Police investigate false threat at Kempton Elementary - WNEM TV 5

Police investigate false threat at Kempton Elementary

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Police were on the scene of a Saginaw elementary school on Thursday after it received a false threat.

About 9:45 a.m., a prank call was made by a child to the Saginaw County 911 about an alleged active shooter at Kempton Elementary School.

Police have determined this allegation was not true.

Police Chief Ruth said the phone used in the prank call was stolen out of a girl's locker and made by a 10-year-old girl.

"It was easy to identify the suspect as she was the only one who had a hall pass at the time of the 911 call to go to the restroom," Ruth said. 

As a precautionary measure, the school went into secure mode. 

Police officers were sent to the school to cover the grounds and did a thorough search of classrooms and other common areas with no weapons being found.

The Saginaw School District Superintendent Nathaniel McClain said the school will continue to work with law enforcement to identify the person who called in the false threat.

"I'm very proud of all law enforcement agencies involved in the incident. The quick and rapid response shows we in Saginaw County work together as a team and are prepared to handle an incident of this nature. The Central Dispatch Operators did an outstanding job of keeping the juvenile on the phone and advising officers of the incident," Ruth said. 

Ruth said the student was released to her mother. He said they will determine how the case will be handled once the investigation is complete.

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