UPDATE: Threat to Tahquamenon Area Schools last week debunked as student prank

FILE. Tahquamenon Area Schools sign outside.
FILE. Tahquamenon Area Schools sign outside.(WLUC)
Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 2:25 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2021 at 12:19 PM EST
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NEWBERRY, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: December 14: Tahquamenon Area Schools, working with the Luce County Sheriff’s Department, conclude that the threat made on December 8, 2021, was done as a prank.

In a press release the school district stated, “The 13-year-old student who wrote the concerning words on a bathroom stall has not been attending school since the incident. The district will be following Board policies in relation to student discipline and is taking this occurrence very seriously.”

The district offers thanks to all staff, parents and student that came forward with information that assisted law enforcement and the district.

UPDATE: December 9 1:08p.m:

More information has been released regarding a threatening message found at Tahquamenon Area Schools on Wednesday.

At approximately 1:30p.m. Tahquamenon Area Schools became aware of a message written on a bathroom stall that contained a threat to students and staff.

Law enforcement was called and the district went in to a ‘shelter in place’ procedure. Students and staff stayed inside the classrooms with the doors locked, leaving the classrooms was only permitted with an administrative escort, and normal teaching activities still occurred.

Law enforcement was stationed outside the school and dismissal was altered to smaller groups to assist with supervision. The building was cleared and locked.

School is being canceled for Thursday December 9, and Friday December 10 to ensure safety for everyone and give time to gather information for the investigation.

School will resume Monday, December 13.

In a press release, the school district stated, “the district extends a sincere thanks to everyone for their patience during dismissal today as safety was the #1 priority. Thank you for working with all staff during this challenging situation.

The district especially extends a sincere thank you to ALL TAS staff as they stepped into roles that educators typically do not have to face. They kept students in classrooms moving forward in the day. When plans needed to change, they worked together and communicated well to get things done.”

UPDATE: December 8:

Tahquamenon Area Schools posted on their Facebook page just before 3:00 p.m. Wednesday that dismissal from school will take place as normal but to expect delays.

No one is allowed to enter the building at this time.

All after-school activities are canceled and there will be no school on Thursday, December 9.

In a message sent out to parents, Tahquamenon Area Schools say they are following a shelter in place procedure after a threatening message was found in the building.

Law enforcement has been notified and there is no immediate threat at this time.

This is a developing story, TV6 and Fox-UP will have more information as it becomes available.

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