Security increased after rumored threats at Central Montcalm High School

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 3:24 pm on Thursday, December 20, 2012

STANTON—  Local law enforcement officials were called in to Central Montcalm High School Wednesday and today to investigate a rumor and whether it posed a potential threat to students and staff within the district.

Superintendent Kristi Teall said after an investigation was performed by police in response to the rumor that began to circulate Wednesday, results showed no credible threat was found.

“There was a rumor circulating around the district regarding a student at the high school,” Teall said. “We have investigated the situation to the fullest extent. Local law enforcement was a large part of the investigation.

Teall said despite no threat being discovered, security at the school was increased today to decrease any levels of fear among students and staff.

“We did choose to have law enforcement have a presence in the district (Wednesday) and today to make our students and staff feel safe,” she said. “Rumors have a tendency to cause fear. We wanted to lessen that fear factor.”

Teall said a letter will be sent home with all students at the conclusion of the school day.

“We did not have a conclusion to the investigation until after school released (Wednesday),” she said. “A letter was not able to accompany students yesterday due to that fact.”

Teall said school safety is and will continue to be one of the top priorities of the school district.

“We take the safety of our students and staff seriously,” she said. “It is our number one concern.”

In an unrelated matter, Central Montcalm Public Schools will be closed on Friday due to illness.

“We have been watching the numbers closely all week,” Teall said. “Our hope is this will give a jumpstart to our staff and students on the way back to being healthy. We certainly want everyone to be able to enjoy their time off and the holidays.

“I would like to stress that this decision has nothing to do with the horrible rumors circulating on Facebook or around our community,” she added.

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