Warren Middle School Closes Over Shooting Threat

WWJ News
December 03, 2019 - 7:13 am
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WARREN (WWJ)  - Students at Beer Middle School in Warren are being kept home for the day after a threat was made against the school.

Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said officers were made aware of a group text around 9:40 p.m. Monday indicating there would be a shooting at the school, on Martin Road off Ryan Road, in the morning.

Superintendent Robert Livernois said the threat was also reported to OK2SAY, the state's anonymous tip line.

"Despite the difficulty of this situation, I am pleased that several students who received the text message felt comfortable reporting this information to adults. This continues to support our belief that if you see something, say something," Livernois said in a letter to parents.

Administrators made the call to close the school Tuesday out of an abundance of caution while police continue to investigate. If the school does reopen on Wednesday, Dwyer says there will be an extra police presence. 

The closure only affects the middle school; all other schools in the district are open.

No further details on the threat were released. At this time, police have not identified a suspect. 

On Monday, officials at two other local schools were investigating threats. 

At Taylor High School, it was reported that someone brought a firearm to school, but officials found no weapon and couldn't confirm any threat.

Meanwhile, North Farmington High School was on lockdown after a parent and several students told administrators and police about a threatening social media post. Extra officers were on hand and classes were released without incident.

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Students anywhere in Michigan can make confidential tips to state authorities through an app, text message, email or the OK2Say website. [Get details here]. Tips are screened by staff at the State Police and shared with schools and local police.