Online threats cancel Wayne-Westland classes

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Wayne-Westland Community Schools classes are canceled for the entire district Tuesday following concerns about online threats.

The district and law enforcement as well as county and state officials spent much of Monday investigating multiple social media posts; all schools are scheduled to be closed “to ensure the safety and security of our children, staff and buildings,” Superintendent Shelley Holt said in a statement.

She did not describe the messages and said authorities are working “to address and stabilize these threats.” A decision on whether classes resume Wednesday has not been made.

Meanwhile, Holt urged parents to check their children’s social media accounts.

“If you see any messages or receive information regarding the threats, do not forward or repost any of these messages,” she wrote. “Call the police immediately. We will be working with law enforcement throughout the night and day tomorrow to ensure all buildings are safe.”

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Educators and authorities across Metro Detroit have worked to address threats after the shooting Feb. 14 at a Florida high school that left 17 students and staff dead.

On Saturday, a 14-year-old Monroe County student at Whiteford High School was arrested for making “terroristic threats,” officials said.

A 15-year-old Melvindale High School student has also been charged after allegedly making threats via SnapChat.

Belleville High School had an increased police presence Friday after a phoned-in threat. The same day, Berkley High had a lockdown after a bullet was found in the building and Plymouth-Canton schools had a “soft lockdown” amid a report of a weapon on campus.