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North Farmington High School on lockdown amidst social media threat

By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published December 2, 2019

North Farmington High School went on lockdown during the early morning Dec. 2 after a treat to school safety was reported. 

At approximately 10:12 a.m. Monday morning, North Farmington High School Principal Joe Greene sent an email to the school community alerting them to the potentially dangerous situation. 

“A North parent and several North students brought to our attention, as well as to the attention of the police, that there was a social media posting making a threat to school safety for today,” Greene wrote in the email.

Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez said his detectives are currently investigating the threat and trying to identify the source. While there have been other alleged reports on the platform used, Rodriguez could not comment on which platform the threat was disseminated. 

“I know there’s probably going to be information on some stuff out there, but I don’t want to confirm it quite yet as we’re trying to not have an account deleted or something happen,” he said. “I want to make sure that I don’t stand in the way of the investigators, so I’m not going to confirm anything at this point.” 

Rodriguez said the Police Department’s school resource officers and other investigators immediately began searching for the source of the threat Monday morning. Additional uniformed patrol officers were also placed at the school, 32900 W. 13 Mile Road, to assist in safety protocols and with the investigation. 

“To help alleviate concern and ensure safety, we will remain on a building lockdown, which secures the building from outside access, and we will have extra police presence at the building today, both of which are normal parts of our response in situations like this,” Greene wrote later in the email. 

Rodriguez told North Farmington High School staff that it was “safe and appropriate” to continue with their school day. An increased police presence was planned to continue until the end of the school day Monday, as well as throughout the day Tuesday, Dec. 3, as police continue their investigation. 

“Our priority is always the safety of students and faculty and the school district,” he said. “We’re going to continue to monitor this case and try to find the person responsible for this.”  

Greene commended the students and parent who reported the threat early Monday morning in his email, saying “their courage and character are something we can be very proud of,” as well as the Police Department for its immediate response. 

He’s asked staff to remain observant during the lockdown procedure. 

“We know that these situations can be anxiety producing for our students, for us as adults, and for us as parents. Out of abundance of caution and in an effort to best support our students, we have asked staff to be extra vigilant today, as well as to help reassure students, and identify any students that may need support,” Greene wrote in the email. 

Various social media postings from parents have shown that some parents chose to dismiss their children from school for the day.