Schools in the Lansing area district will close Wednesday to help students, staff, and their families recover from a fake report of a shooting. This chilling alert prompted police to rush to respond quickly and forced hundreds of teens and adults to evacuate.
After receiving a call regarding a shooting at Okemos High school, officers arrived at Okemos High School in three minutes. However, there was no violence, Chief Ken Plaga, Meridian Township Police, said.
According to state police, similar hoaxes were committed Tuesday at schools in Detroit and Jackson.
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David Porter, an FBI agent, said that it was not a joke.
He said that “Unfortunately, we live in an age where we see what happens when it is real.” This puts people at risk.
Tina Kerr, the executive director of Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators called it “a terrible day” for the entire state.
The Okemos district is home to 4,500 students and is located east of Lansing, Ingham County. After receiving a report of a shooting, the high school was placed under lockdown.
Sana Baig, a student, said that she witnessed two students having a mental breakdown.
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“That made me even more afraid. Baig said that she was scared because it was serious. She claimed she ran into a closet.
Okemos Schools will be closed Wednesday. However, Mental Health Counselors will still be available at the buildings.
John Dewane, a county prosecutor, stated that terror was too real for many students and their families.
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A teenager pleaded guilty in October to first-degree murder and terrorism charges, almost a year after four students were shot at Oxford High School in southeastern Michigan.