Bomb Threat Causes Evacuation At Roseville Junior High School

Several school districts in metro Detroit dealt with threats on Wednesday.

WWJ News
September 18, 2019 - 6:47 pm

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ROSEVILLE, Mich. (WWJ) -- Police are searching for the person behind what turned out to be a false bomb threat at Roseville Junior High School Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the situation unfolded around 2 p.m., causing classes to be let out early. After evacuating the building, officers did a full K-9 sweep sweep of the grounds and found nothing.

The school, located in the 16200 block of Martin Road, is on the same campus as Steenland Elementary School, which was not evacuated. 

Roseville police are vowing to find the culprit behind the threat and say they "intend to prosecute to the fullest extent," which includes reimbursing the city for resources used during the investigation.

Deputy Police Chief Mitch Berlin says Roseville officers responded quickly to the scene and set up a perimeter, while they evacuated all students and staff out of the building. Officers were assisted by Macomb County Sheriff's Office K-9 units in the investigation. 

The "all-clear" was given at approximately 3 p.m. and police remained at the scene until all students and staff had left the area.

The threat comes on the same day that Melvindale police made an arrest in connection with a school shooting threat that left Melvindale High School and Strong Middle School shut down Monday through Wednesday. The FBI was involved in that investigation and classes are expected to resume on Thursday, with police present at all schools in the district throughout the day.

Meanwhile, several miles west of Roseville in Centerline, three schools and an administrative building were put on lockdown for yet another threat Wednesday afternoon. Officials said the lockdown was precautionary and classes continued while the external doors were locked and police were on the scene. The lockdown was eventually lifted.

Classes are expected to return to normal in all three districts on Thursday.