St. Clair Shores College employee arrested for uttering threats

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The latest school threat police are investigating in the Metro Detroit area is believed to have been made by a staff member – not a student.

An employee at St. Clair Shores Jefferson Middle School reportedly left “several inappropriate handwritten notes of a similar nature” in three separate teacher work areas on Friday morning.

“Administrators worked with law enforcement to quickly identify the alleged distributor of the notes through examination of camera footage,” Superintendent Karl Paulson said in a statement. “One of the notes appeared to be an attempt to make a fake threat in hopes of shutting down the school. Based on the facts, information and the schedule, the team was confident everyone was safe and that there was no need to trigger a lockdown or other security protocols. “

Paulson said the staff member was put on administrative leave and was subsequently arrested by St. Clair Shores police shortly after noon today. The employee has not been named by the district, and police have yet to release his identity and charges.

“This alleged behavior is unacceptable,” Paulson wrote. “I am extremely disappointed with this alleged behavior by a member of staff and can reiterate to all families that the police, not the administration, viewed this situation as a security concern because of the facts and the timing.”

Paulson said camera footage was used to conclude the staff member was allegedly responsible.

More … than 40 students in the metropolitan area face charges for school copy threats in the wake of the Oxford High School tragedy. On November 30, four students were killed and seven others were reportedly shot dead by 15-year-old sophomore Ethan Crumbley.

Paulson’s full statement is below:

I am writing this afternoon with important information regarding Jefferson Middle School. This morning, Jefferson administrators received several inappropriate handwritten notes of a similar nature that were left in three different work areas of the teachers.

Administrators worked with law enforcement to quickly identify the alleged distributor of the notes through examination of camera footage. One of the notes appeared to be an attempt to make a false threat in the hope of closing the school. Based on the facts, information and schedule, the team was confident that everyone was safe and that there was no need to initiate a lockdown or other security protocols.

We take any potential disruption to our schools seriously and cooperate fully with the police when the need arises. This situation is no different. While we cannot disclose further details as this matter is an ongoing police and internal investigation, the administration put a staff member on administrative leave, and that same staff member was arrested by St. Clair Shores shortly after noon today. This alleged behavior is unacceptable.

I am extremely disappointed with this alleged behavior of a staff member and can reiterate to all families that the police and administration viewed this situation as a security issue due to the facts and the timing. Full and proper accounting of camera footage and due process was required before resolving the issue with the staff member today. It is the policy of Lakeview Public Schools not to speculate or comment further on personnel matters while police and internal investigations are ongoing.

Finally, I want to assure families that we will continue to investigate any information provided to us that may be of concern. Our schools stay safe when we work together. Remember, see something – say something.

Greetings,
K. Paulson, Superintendent


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