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Extra Police To Be At Woodhaven High School Monday Following Anonymous Social Media Threat

The threat was made on the anonymous messaging app Lipsi.

January 13, 2019 - 11:11 pm
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WOODHAVEN, Mich. (WWJ) -- There will be extra security on-hand at Woodhaven High School as a new school week begins on Monday after the report of a threat.

The Woodhaven Police Department posted on its Facebook page Sunday night that they were made aware of a possible threat made from an online source regarding Woodhaven High School.

The school will remain open Monday, with an increased police presence from both the Woodhaven and Brownstown Police Departments.

Police say further information will be provided by the school district's alert systems.

The post on the department's Facebook page did not disclose the nature or origin of the threat, but a Facebook user tagged the Woodhaven High School's Facebook page in a post that shows a screenshot of three messages from the anonymous social network Lipsi. The messages say that a student is going to bring a gun to school and that shots will be "going off."

Woodhaven High School principal Matthew Czajkowski on his Facebook page shared a statement made by Woodhaven-Brownstown Superintendent Mark Greathead explaining the origin of the threat and the reasons the school will remain open Monday.

The statement says that WHS officials have been working with police to investigate the threats and note that the original threat looks "generic" and does not directly mention Woodhaven High School.

"The original message does not name a school or use other identifying information related to WHS. Again, it is a generic threat made through an anonymous messaging service," the statement says. "We are working with Brownstown Police Department regarding this. At this time there is nothing lead Brownstown PD or us to believe there is any credibility or threat directly to our students safety."

"While we take all threats seriously and work with our law encforcement parters on these issues, school will be in session as planned tomorrow. Please talk with your children about reporting to a trusted adult when they have a concern. Most of our students do an excellent job with this. Also, please remind your children about the dangers of spreading threats and rumors via social media."