Berkley middle school students detained over threats

Michael Wayland
The Detroit News

Two middle school students were detained by police on Friday following threats in Berkley.

Berkley Public Safety Deputy Chief Robert North on Tuesday said officers went to Anderson Middle School in Berkley at the request of staff members and took the juveniles into custody. He would not release many other details about what he called a “unique situation” for the Berkley School District, citing that it was an ongoing investigation and involved minors.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the school district said a student around 10 a.m. Friday brought another student’s notebook to Anderson Middle School principal Michael Ross that “contained some very troubling information,” including a list of students and staff with whom the student was upset and a plan to potentially harm the students and staff.

School administration immediately pulled the student who owned the notebook out of class. A second student allegedly involved was then pulled out of class.

School officials called Berkley police, which responded within minutes. Both students said that they were “joking around,” according to the school district.

The students who created the list have been removed from school, pending the outcome of the investigation. School officials would not comment about whether the students could face expulsion, citing the investigation.

Berkley Schools said all students, parents and staff involved were notified by Berkley Public Safety and Anderson Middle School administration. A letter was sent to parents and guardians early Friday afternoon.

“We take our students’ safety very seriously at Anderson Middle School. We applaud the student who brought the notebook to an adult’s attention,” Ross said in the statement. “We encourage all children to contact an adult if they ever have reason to be fearful or become suspicious of anything in school.”

Officials said school staff is available to offer any help or support to any student who feels scared, anxious or threatened.

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