Lincoln High School closed after threat on social media

By: Brian Louwers, Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published January 25, 2016

 A threat posted on social media led to the Jan. 25 closure of Warren’s Lincoln High School.

A threat posted on social media led to the Jan. 25 closure of Warren’s Lincoln High School.

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UPDATE: School repoens after threat deemed not credible: 

WARREN — An investigation remained ongoing at press time Jan. 25 after a threat posted on social media led to the closure of Warren’s Lincoln High School.

According to Warren Mayor Jim Fouts, the threat was posted on Instagram and through the Kik messenger app. The person responsible for the posts reportedly referenced a shooting to take place at the school at noon on Monday.

A statement posted on the Facebook page for the Van Dyke Public Schools district indicated the threat prompted the closure.

“Administration and the Warren Police are aware of this situation and are working on tracing the message,” the statement said. “An investigation is currently taking place, and steps to ensure the safety of all students and staff in Van Dyke Public Schools are being taken. Our students' safety is our first concern.”

Similar threats were also allegedly made with respect to at least three schools outside of Warren: Detroit’s Cass Tech and Renaissance high schools, and Lake Orion High School.

A statement posted on the Lake Orion Community Schools website indicated that the threat was received late Sunday evening and that, “It appears this identical message has been posted toward other schools in Michigan and around the country.”

In addition to the ongoing Warren Police Department investigation, police in Detroit and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office were working to determine if the threats were credible and where they originated.

“I think it was probably a malicious attempt to shut down the school,” Fouts said

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