No threat found during Southgate Schools lockdown

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

All of the buildings in Southgate Community Schools were on lockdown early Friday as police investigated a possible threat by a student in the school district. The lockdown ended around noon, officials said.

In an email to parents, Superintendent Leslie Hainrihar said the district went on lockdown after Southgate police alerted her of a possible threat from a student at the district’s Asher Alternative High School.

“I was advised by Southgate police to put all buildings under a secure mode lockdown until they could determine the nature and scope of the threat,” Hainrihar wrote.

Instruction continued for students, but movement in and out of the building was restricted, she said.

Around 10 a.m. Hainrihar said police advised her that Asher and Davidson Middle School should remain on lockdown and that students at Allen Elementary and Anderson High School should not leave the buildings. The district’s four other school buildings were given an all clear, she said.

“About noon, the Southgate police notified me that they had made contact with the student of concern and that student posed no threat to our students, our buildings, or our district,” Hainrihar wrote.

All scheduled homecoming activities will continue Friday night as planned, officials said.

“I understand it is frightening when you hear that we have placed a building in lockdown,” Hainrihar wrote to parents. “It is for the safety of your children and is always done in consultation with the police.”

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