A student at Taylor High School was arrested after a threatening note was found in a bathroom, prompting the school to close for a brief period on Tuesday afternoon.
The lockdown came into effect around 12.45pm and was lifted around 90 minutes later.
A memo posted on the school district’s website says the Taylor Police Department was immediately notified and officers have launched a full investigation. Parents were told no one was allowed to enter the school until law enforcement cleared it.
According to Taylor police, the note said a shooting would take place at 1 p.m.
At 2:21 p.m., the school district released an update saying the lockdown had been lifted and police had let school administrators know it was safe to start expelling students.
“Police will remain on the scene to monitor the dismissal of students at our standard dismissal time,” the school district said in the update.
At 3:05 p.m., it was announced that the student suspected of making the threat had been arrested, following an investigation involving both the Taylor Police Department and the School District Security Department. .
All planned extracurricular activities were to take place as planned.
In its first post on the incident, the Taylor School District said law enforcement had thoroughly investigated previous threats made to the school and students who made them would continue to be prosecuted. to the fullest extent permitted by law.
This latest school threat continues the trend of pupils making threats that have forced closures or temporarily canceled classes at several Downriver schools.
School threats increased in the weeks following the Nov. 30 mass shooting at Oxford High School in Oakland County, but subsided in January. Eleven people were shot in the wave of violence in Oxford and four died.
The Wayne County District Attorney’s Office has charged dozens of cases involving people who made threats related to local schools. Although many of these cases involved threats posted via social media, several were similar to this incident where a threatening note was found in a school bathroom.
“We want to thank the Taylor Police Department and our Security Department for their prompt and thorough investigation and the hard work they continue to do when these situations arise,” the Taylor School District said on its website.