Mount Clemens school closed Friday due to threat

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Mount Clemens middle and high school building is closed Friday while police investigate a threat made against the school, officials said.

A handwritten threat was found on a desk in a classroom after the middle school was dismissed Thursday, according to the Macomb County Sheriff's Office. The message said there would be a shooting at the school Friday. Officials said they understood that to mean Oct. 8, 2021, and believe the message was written Thursday.

Deputies and school officials searched the building and found a second similar message on another desk.

Anyone with information about the threat should call the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office at (586) 307-9358.

Monique Beels, superintendent of Mount Clemens Community Schools, said the middle school and the district's high school are located in the same building and the entire complex was closed due to the threat. She said there are about 404 students who attend classes at the complex.

She also shared statements in a letter that was sent home to students' parents.

"The sheriff department and our school security have determined that there is not a credible threat to our students, our staff or our schools," it said. "We do understand that this situation is concerning to our parents. We want you to be aware that we are exercising extreme diligence and caution, and all actions taken are in the best interest of our students and staff."

It said the district requested deputies patrol all of the district's schools Friday.

Beels also said officials have moved a homecoming tailgate event to next week, but the high school's Homecoming Dance will be held Saturday as planned.

"The dance will take place in our courtyard, and all precautions will be taken," Beels letter said. "Students will not be allowed to take backpacks into the dance and we will have additional security and the sheriff department present. Students can purchase entry tickets at the door. Our security staff will be working overtime to ensure that this event is safe for all."

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