Police investigating June 7 threats at Eastpointe High School, bank

By: Brian Wells | Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 8, 2023

File photo by Erin Sanchez


EASTPOINTE — Detectives from the Eastpointe Police Department are continuing to investigate threats involving Eastpointe High School and a bank earlier this week.

At approximately 11:35 a.m. June 7, Eastpointe police were dispatched to Eastpointe High School after a representative of the school had reported a student assaulting a teacher. According to a press release from the department, upon arrival, the teacher told officers that the incident was an accident. 

However, another school attendant at that time stated that a female subject had just called the school and reported that there was an Instagram video showing a male student in one of the bathrooms with a handgun.

The caller stated that the student was then overtaken by several other students who were able to disarm him, the press release states. The group of students were reportedly teasing the male student for giving up the weapon. Police later found no evidence to support the caller’s assertions.

All Eastpointe officers, as well as officers from the Warren, St. Clair Shores, Hazel Park and Roseville police departments, placed the school on lockdown at approximately 11:54 a.m. before searching the roof and exterior of the school, as well as all classrooms, students, bags and lockers.

At the time of the incident, there were approximately 490 students in the building, the press release states.

During the search of the school, the Eastpointe Police Department received two bomb threats — one at the school and another at a bank in the area, the press release states.

“Detectives are investigating if the calls are linked,” the press release states. “At this time, we believe the call was bogus.”

While investigating, detectives found that the school’s security videos did not show any groups of students entering any bathrooms, according to the press release. Also, the name that the caller gave to identify the student who supposedly had a gun was not the name of any student at the school.

The incident remains under investigation.

Contact Staff Writer Brian Wells at (248) 291-7637.