Roseville police respond to false threats at middle school

By: Brian Louwers | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published December 10, 2021

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ROSEVILLE — A pair of unrelated and unsubstantiated threats involving a bomb and an armed suspect resulted in an evacuation and a lockdown, respectively, at Roseville Middle School Dec. 9 and Dec. 7. 

According to a statement from the Roseville Police Department, officers were sent to the school at 16250 Martin Road at about 1:50 p.m. Dec. 9 to investigate a report of a bomb there. The school was reportedly evacuated without incident, and police said K-9 teams cleared the building with negative results.  

“The juvenile responsible for the false report has been identified,” Roseville police said in the statement. “This individual is still under investigation and charges may be filed. It has been confirmed that the bomb threat was fake. This individual is not a resident of Roseville. This individual is not a student within the Roseville School District.”

Police added that the juvenile has no known connection to the city or school, and that no further information would be released. 

Per Roseville Police Chief Ryan Monroe, a report of a suspect with a gun in the school on Dec. 7 also was false. Police responded to the school at 12:05 p.m. to investigate, at which time the middle school and the nearby Steenland Elementary School were placed on lockdown while officers secured the buildings and investigated the report. 

“This incident was completely false in nature and did not happen," Monroe said in a statement released that day.  "Parents and students have no reason for concern regarding the incident that was reported today."

Monroe said the Police Department encourages parents to speak with children about the ramifications of making false reports. He also underscored the importance of immediately reporting accurate reports to the proper authorities.

“However, reporting second hand or third hand information about events that are not in progress presents great challenges to law enforcement,” Monroe said.

School districts and law enforcement across the region were left dealing with dozens of threats of various types and origins in the days after the tragic shooting at Oxford High School Nov. 30 left four students dead and others injured.  

Police in Eastpointe said that while they had not responded to any reported threats at schools in the city, additional patrols were assigned to project a stronger police presence. 

“I think that’s helping too. Plus, we’re putting messages out on social media about the ramifications of making threats to the schools,” Eastpointe Public Safety Director George Rouhib said. “Our school liaison officer has been heavily involved, meeting with school administrators, just making sure their plans are up to date. 

“We may be doing some training in the schools in the near future,” Rouhib said.