Police investigate school violence messages about Stoney Creek High School

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published March 7, 2018

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Following the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead and wounded many others, threats against schools across the country have soared, including a recent one within Rochester Community Schools.


RCS Superintendent Robert Shaner sent an email to district parents March 6 about some “inappropriate” text messages between three Stoney Creek High School students regarding school violence, that were recently investigated by police.


“The safety and security of our students and staff remains our top priority,” Shaner stated in the email.


The email went on to state that the communication was “fully investigated” by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the Stoney Creek administrative team, and the school’s liaison officer,  and was “not found to be substantiated.”


“We are confident that, at no time, were our students or staff in harm’s way,” the email read.


Shaner said we are living in unprecedented times.


“The Rochester Community School District does not tolerate school violence, or threats of school violence, of any kind. In these instances, our schools will take strict and immediate action. Those responsible will be held accountable for their actions, and when appropriate, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”


He encouraged parents treat the false threat as a teachable moment for their children.


“Talk to your son or daughter. They need to understand the consequences that come with making threats of school violence,” Shaner said in the email. “All students and staff have the right to feel safe, valued, and respected. Together, we can ensure our buildings will remain a safe environment for all Rochester Community School community members.”


Shaner said the district is also in the process of reviewing its current safety and security procedures.