CADILLAC — Cadillac Police are investigating a threat made against Cadillac High School, but there is no immediate danger to the school or district, according to Cadillac Area Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Brown.
Brown said the district was made aware of the threat Monday evening after a student came forward with information about another student's alleged threat. She did not go into detail about the student's alleged threat, but added it was of "concerning and of a threatening nature." She also said it was a "broad" threat against the school and not a particular student or students.
After talking with the students involved Tuesday morning, Brown said it was decided to reach out to the Cadillac Police Department. She also said the student who allegedly made the threat was not in school Tuesday as he was told to stay home. The threat also was made verbally, according to Brown.
"What parents need to know is we take every threat seriously. The safety of our students is our No. 1 priority but it also is important our students report behavior or statements that propose a potential threat to others," Brown said.
The high school and district were never put on lockdown and would have been put into secure mode but Brown said police determined there wasn't a need as there was no immediate threat to the building or students.
Cadillac Police Capt. Eric Eller said the department was notified Tuesday morning of the possible threats made to the school. As a result, the department investigated, identified a suspect and arrested him for allegedly making terroristic threats. The 17-year-old Cadillac teen is now awaiting arraignment in 84th District Court, Eller said.
In a press release, Eller said the department takes any threats of harm to schools very seriously. He also said officers immediately responded Tuesday to the school to assist with security while other officers investigated the threat and contacted the suspect and parents.
With the alleged threats made, Brown said students have been "really good" about reporting threats made against others, the school or of self-harm by their classmates. She also said they can do so by either using OK2SAY anonymously or by telling an adult within the school.
"We teach them to report that immediately," she said.
The full story will be in Wednesday's edition of the Cadillac News.