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Shelby Twp. police say school threat ‘addressed’

George Hunter
The Detroit News

Shelby Township police Sunday said they took “necessary steps” to ensure the safety of Utica High School students after threats were reported to police.

Officers learned Sunday morning that a student allegedly had threatened other students, according to a police news release. “The incident was reported after concerned families of students became aware of the threat while attending a school drama performance held over the weekend,” the release said.

Police investigated and contacted the student and his parents, the release said.

An updated news release Sunday attempted to calm parents’ fears about sending their kids to school Monday.

“The necessary steps were taken to ensure the safety for the students and staff at Utica High School,” said the release, attributed to Deputy Chief Mark Coil.

“Parents, students and staff should know that the combined efforts of the school district and this department have addressed this incident,” Coil said.

The student who made the threat told classmates to wear red Monday to symbolize blood, according to WXYZ (Ch. 7). The station also said weapons were removed from the student’s home.

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