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Fitzgerald High School put on lockdown

October 3, 2012

WARREN — At press time, Warren police officers were investigating a threat that placed Fitzgerald High School on lockdown the afternoon of Sept. 26.

The lockdown began at approximately 12:40 p.m., and an all-clear was issued at 1:30 p.m. There were no injuries during the incident.

In a letter sent to parents on the same day, Fitzgerald Public Schools Superintendent Barbara VanSweden stated high school administrators were alerted to a potential threat to the safety of students and staff at FHS.

“After an initial investigation, the superintendent and FHS administration placed the school campus in a secured lockdown procedure,” VanSweden stated in the letter. “A lockdown procedure is enacted campus-wide when a potential threat toward students, staff or buildings is brought to our attention. During the lockdown, students and staff remain in classrooms, and an inspection of all areas of the school campus takes place.”

The Warren Police Department was immediately contacted, and a investigation was conducted. After it was determined there was no longer a threat of danger, the lockdown was lifted, and students were released.

VanSweden did not comment on the nature of the threat.

“The Warren Police Department are investigating the threat at this time so no details are available,” she said in an email.

“The Warren Police Department is conducting a follow-up investigation in partnership with the district to resolve this matter,” the letter stated.

About the author

Staff Writer Maria Allard covers the school districts of Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke, Warren Consolidated and Warren Woods, and Macomb Community College for the Warren Weekly newspaper. She also covers northeast Detroit, the City of Harper Woods and the Harper Woods District Schools for the Advertiser Times newspaper, and the City of Grosse Pointe Woods and the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System for the Grosse Pointe Times newspaper. Allard has worked for C&G Newspapers since 1995, and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University.

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