Officials: Rumors of
lockdown, 'hit list' at
high school are false
Full report available on
school district's Web site
January 21, 2009
CAPAC — Rumors of a lockdown at the high school on Wednesday, January 21 are false, as are any comments about any alleged "hit list" says schools Superintendent Jerry Jennex.
The misinformation began to swirl around the community when a passersby noticed police cars parked outside of the high schoolbuilding.
Jennex says police from several agencies were investigating a report from students that another student had brought a weapon to school. The report was made around noon on Wednesday. School officials and police acted promptly, Jennex says, and conducted a thorough investigation.
Capac Police Chief Steve Riebel says officers from Yale, Armada and the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department joined Capac police in the investigation, which included personal interviews and a search for a possible weapon.
"No weapon was found and no arrests have been made," Riebel says in a press release.
Rumors of a 'hit list' may have sprung from an incident reported to police last week.
That incident involved threatening comments made by one student about a fellow classmate, police and school officials say.
The student who made the threats—spoken and/or written—faces disciplinary action, which includes potential explusion from the school district, Jennex says, and the incident is still being investigated by police.
"In addition, the student report of a weapon or potential weapon at the school is a case of more words that caused significant action and reaction today, up to and including a police investigation," Jennex says in a press release on the school district's Web site. A copy of the press release is being sent home with students today (Thursday, January 22).
In the press release, Jennex says students are encouraged to report serious incidents to an adult, but asks parents to remind their children that their words do have an impact.
"We ask that you endeavor, along with us, to teach our students to be mindful of what they say and how they say it," Jennex says.
Jennex says student safety is paramount to school officials, who respond quickly to emergency situations, something that didn't go unnoticed by the police chief.
"The Capac Community School officials are to be commended for assisting our officers in the investigation," Riebel says.
Wednesday's incident remains under investigation, he adds.
To read the school district's full report visit www.capac.k12.mi.us.