Knife found after fight at local middle school

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published March 9, 2018

WARREN — One week after Warren Consolidated Schools officials handled two separate incidents at Carter Middle School that included students reportedly making threats against other students, personnel dealt with another issue at the school.

Superintendent Robert Livernois issued a letter March 6 in regard to two Carter students who were involved in a physical altercation “that was promptly addressed by the administration.”

In the letter, Livernois said that during the district’s investigation into the matter that followed later in the day, one student, 13, was found in possession of a folding knife.

“However, given the current sensitivity to school safety and the potential spread of misinformation, I felt it necessary to share with you accurate information about the altercation,” Livernois stated in the letter. “Most important, at no time were any threats made to the school, and this was the result of two middle school students making very poor choices to settle a dispute. They will be disciplined in accordance with school policy.”

Attempts to reach WCS officials by press time for more information on the matter were unsuccessful.

According to the Warren Police Department, the knife was not a factor in the fight. But because the student had a weapon in a weapon-free zone, Macomb County youth authorities were considering charges at press time.

On March 1, Livernois distributed a letter to the school community regarding a Carter student who was the author of what he called a “kill list” of students he was upset with at school. The threat was reportedly made Feb. 27, and that student is facing a 20-year felony. No threat had been carried out.

Another Carter student issued a threat against the school via social media March 1, according to the letter. A third student who attends Beer Middle School was identified for making “concerning statements” Feb. 27. Following the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead and more than a dozen others injured, WCS officials have taken the threats very seriously and turned over their findings to the Warren Police Department.

Parents and community members are strongly advised to inform school personnel if they hear of a threat or something doesn’t seem right. Students also are encouraged to speak up.

Suspicious situations can also be reported to school personnel or through the OK2SAY program at www.michigan.gov/ok2say. OK2SAY allows anyone to confidentially report tips on criminal activities or potential harm directed at Michigan students, school employees or schools without having to give his or her name. The information is reported and investigated by law enforcement, schools, community mental health agencies and/or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Staff Writer Brian Louwers contributed to this report.