Alleged threats deemed ‘not credible’

Sheriff’s Office called to look into comments made at school

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published December 7, 2015


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said an alleged threat made during a conversation between two L’Anse Creuse High School-North students in November has been deemed as “no credible threat.”

“We investigated the comments made by a couple students,” Wickersham said. “We investigated and found no credible threats or actions that rises to a criminal action.”

Consequently, many unsubstantiated claims that students were advised to stay home from school began to appear on social media.

According to the investigation report, the sheriff’s office was contacted by a LCHS-N safety officer about a potential threat on Nov. 18.

Deputies responded to the school and met with school Principal Greg Dixon as well as the school safety officer, at which time they learned that one student had overheard a conversation between two other students during which the alleged threat was made.

The students who were involved in the threatening conversation were identified and detectives immediately began their investigation, including interviewing both students involved. They also searched a vehicle driven by one of the students on school property, and searched a home in Macomb Township, as well as an apartment in Chesterfield Township.

Lt. John Michalke said in the report that investigators also interviewed the parents of both students.

After presenting their findings to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, no criminal charges were authorized.

“The matter has been investigated fully and the sheriff’s office has determined that there is no credible threat that exists,” the report states. “The sheriff’s office will continue to monitor this situation. As always, we will provide the necessary resources to ensure a safe learning environment in each of the schools that we interact with daily.”  

L’Anse Creuse Public School officials are taking independent actions on the students involved.

Kelly Allen, director of community and public relations, said an email correspondence was sent to all LCHS-N parents after the incident. The email read:

“L’Anse Creuse High School-North was recently made aware of a possible threat and immediately involved the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department. After a full investigation, the Sheriff’s Department determined the threat wasn’t credible. Following the Student Code of Conduct, the district also completed an investigation and disciplinary measures were taken.

“Safety at L’Anse Creuse High School-North is a top priority, at no time did this unsubstantiated threat put students at risk. We take this opportunity to keep you informed and assure you we treat every incident seriously.”

Allen said because of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) laws, she cannot say if the students were expelled or suspended from school as a result of the incident, but reiterated that they were disciplined in accordance of the district’s student code of conduct.

Michalke said the Sheriff’s Office is trying to put parents’ and the community’s fears to rest. He said during the accused students’ conversation, “Columbine” was allegedly overheard being mentioned, which led to school authorities being notified.

“We investigated it promptly and thoroughly and it is not credible,” he said