The Macomb County Sheriff's Office has been posted at Dakota High School Feb. 15 and 16 following a threat written in a bathroom and a report of a student allegedly stating that he had a gun. No credible threat has been found, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office has been posted at Dakota High School Feb. 15 and 16 following a threat written in a bathroom and a report of a student allegedly stating that he had a gun. No credible threat has been found, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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Sheriff's Office finds no credible threats following incidents at Dakota High School

By: Joshua Gordon | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published February 16, 2018

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Dakota High School had a police presence for two days last week due to a potential gun threat, but the Macomb County Sheriff's Office has not found any credible information, and school has remained in session.

The Sheriff's Office responded to the school Feb. 15, as a threat was written on a urinal in one of the male bathrooms, according to a report from Public Information Officer Renee Yax. The threat reportedly said, “Shoot up the school on 2-15-18.”

Deputies investigated and found no credible information, according to the Sheriff's Office report. The Sheriff's Office said that more than 100 people used the restroom over the course of the day, and besides the writing, no further information had been reported.

However, deputies were posted at the school on the morning of Feb. 16 to continue to monitor the situation. School was held as usual.

While on school grounds Feb. 16, the Sheriff's Office was made aware of reports by several students that they overheard another male student in the Ninth Grade Center stating that he had a gun. The Ninth Grade Center is a separate building located on the same campus as Dakota High School.

The Sheriff's Office said that the student was being investigated and no gun had been located as of Friday morning.

Deputies will continue to investigate both incidents. The Sheriff's Office said it did not believe that the two incidents are related.

The Sheriff's Office said there was chatter on social media about a bomb being mentioned, but there was never a mention of a bomb that deputies were informed of. Diane Blain, director of school and community relations, said the bomb threat was a rumor.

A letter sent out to Dakota parents from the district said that the graffiti on the urinal was sent to other students via Snapchat.

“Parents, we ask that you talk to your child about the serious consequences involved with making threats at school,” the district's letter said. “Any student involved in activities like these will face serious school consequences, including the possibility of permanent expulsion.”

The threat came just a day after a school shooting took place in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine's Day that left 17 people dead. L’Anse Creuse Superintendent Erik Edoff sent a message to the school community on Feb. 15 talking about his district's security.

Several L’Anse Creuse schools, including L’Anse Creuse North High School, are located in Macomb Township.

“Please encourage your children to speak up when they have concerns and communicate those concerns to your school,” Edoff said in his statement. “As we react to this tragedy, we will examine our own procedures and security measures. Although we have security measures and safety plans that are both rehearsed and acted on every day, we will ask ourselves what can be improved.

“Safety and security remains our top priority and we will not lose sight of the needs of our students each and every day.”