OAK PARK, MI – A 14-year-old girl was arrested today, March 23rd, 2018, for making threats of school violence towards numerous schools within the Oak Park School District.
Oak Park Public Safety arrested the 14-year-old girl Oak Park School District student in connection with threats to numerous schools within the Oak Park School District. That 14-year-old girl remains in custody as the information is presented to the Oakland County Prosecutors Office for review.
On Tuesday March 20th, 2018, Public Safety received information from the Oak Park School District regarding numerous threats circulating on social media threatening to “shoot up” several schools within the school district.
“We take each and every threat to the safety of our community members and our schools very seriously,” said City Manager Erik Tungate. “Our children’s safety is an absolute top priority.”
Oak Park schools were closed Thursday and Friday because of those very threats. The school district released the following statement on Thursday March 22nd:
Oak Parks Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, 2018 for safety and security reasons.
Threats against schools are taken very seriously and the consequences for committing such acts will be enforced to the fullest extent by Oak Park Schools and Oak Park Public Safety. Those who are found to be committing the act of creating and posting threats against Oak Park Schools will be prosecuted.
Prior to that on Wednesday March 21st the school district released further information
Oak Park School District Parents/Families:
We are operating with caution and on high alert at all schools until further notice (daily). We are extremely concerned about social media posts which read as threats against our schools.
Similar posts were made at other schools: districts in the metro Detroit area (Southeastern Michigan) yesterday and have been made again today. We take all threats seriously.
Extra precautions are being instituted until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to an increased presence of Oak Park Public Safety stationed in and around schools.
We will proceed with extreme caution and with extra security protocols until further notice. We do not find these posts funny at all. They cause anxiety and concern for students, staff, parents, and communities alike. We are asking If you see something, say something immediately. Oak Park Public Safety is investigating who the originators are of these posts.
We truly need your help and support. Let’s try to remain calm, but alert. Please be aware of all things and report immediately things that don’t look, sound, or feel right. Also, I urge you to monitor your child’s social media accounts and please make sure any and all weapons are safely locked and stored properly. Please talk with your child about making good decisions daily.
Our highest priorities are safety/security and teaching/learning. Thanks for understanding the need for increased safety protocols and a continued partnership between homes and schools.
Daveda J. Colbert, Ph.D.
Oak Park School District