3 Troy schools closed due to safety concerns

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
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Three Troy schools were closed Tuesday due to safety concerns, officials said.

Baker Middle School, the Troy Center for Transition and the International Academy East were all closed Tuesday, Kerry Birmingham, a spokeswoman for the Troy School District, said in a statement.

"Very late last night, we became aware of an investigation involving a Baker Middle School student and a potential connection to that school," she said. "Although the police assure us there was no direct or implied threat made to any school or student, the investigation is unfolding right now and until we receive more information about the nature of the situation, the Troy School District is exercising extreme caution and closing Baker Middle School, Troy Center for Transition (GROW) and the International Academy East today."

She said updates will be provided as information becomes available.

The Troy Center for Transition houses a post-secondary life skills program for 18-to-26-year-old Troy residents with developmental disabilities or cognitive impairments.

The International Academy East is an International Baccalaureate school that has rigorous academic standards, student-centered learning and an emphasis on global citizenship.

The incident in Troy is the latest in a number of school threats that have soared in Michigan since a former student shot and killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14.