Student made online threat that shut down Scarlett Middle School in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, MI — A Washtenaw County middle school student who made an online threat that forced the closure of Scarlett Middle School in Ann Arbor this week has been identified and suspended by his school district.
The Ann Arbor Police Department received a social media threat report late Monday, October 3, prompting the college to close the following day.
The individual identified is a minor who attends college in Washtenaw County but does not attend public schools in Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Police Lt. Bonnie Theil said.
The investigation has been forwarded to the Washtenaw County District Attorney’s Office for review, Theil said. The parents of the minor involved have cooperated fully with law enforcement and the school system where their child is educated, she said.
The individual is not in custody but has been suspended from school until the district decides if or when a return is possible. His parents currently have custody of him, Theil said.
In a message to families Oct. 4, Scarlett Middle School principal Gerald Vasquez said he would speak to students and staff when school resumes Oct. 5 to address the seriousness of the case and the legal implications. , if a person was caught making these types of threats.
“We ask all parents and guardians to have a meaningful discussion with their students about the importance of reporting concerning issues or threats they have seen or heard to them or a trusted adult,” Vasquez said. . “This partnership between families and school helps ensure a safe school campus.”
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