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911 Threat Causes Students to Stay Home, Admin to Increase Security

“The origin of the call is still under investigation, but law enforcement officials have shared that it was likely a call from outside the area,” shared Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain in a message to the community.
A police officer parks on campus to survey the environment and as a safety precautions. The district increased police presence amidst a school shooting threat that was called into 911 on Sunday.

The person responsible for yesterday’s 911 threat against a Rockwood high school is still unknown.

“Today we were alerted that the police received a 911 call late last night that was threatening to ‘shoot up a Rockwood high school.’ No specific school was named. We have been assured by law enforcement that there is no immediate threat to our schools and that it is safe to proceed with school tomorrow,” Dr Cain wrote in a Parent Square message to the community Sunday night.

However, many students who are concerned with their safety decided to stay home today.

You never know. I would rather wait until I knew where the threat is coming from.

— Avery Wichman

Avery Wichman, senior, was one such student.

“You never know. I would rather wait until I knew where the threat is coming from,” Wichman said. “They’re bringing in preventative measures, but it’s still not for sure.”

Although Wichman chose to stay at home, she said she is glad for the action the administration has taken. 

The administration locked the gym and pool doors so all students had to funnel through the main entrance. They also had additional school resource officers and district safety officers on the school grounds of all four high schools.

“I think it’s good that they brought in all of the police officers. But aside from that, I don’t know what else they could’ve done,” Wichman said. “They’ve been doing all the investigations that they need and have been working with the police. Their responses are as good as it could be.”

Meher Ghura, senior, came to school but was concerned about her safety. 

“I was very scared about the threat at first, but I decided to come to school because the email said that there were going to be extra police officers,” Ghura said. 

Ghura said there should’ve been more safety precautions even going as far as implementing metal detectors for the day.

“Just in case because you never know. Last time the school threat was very disorganized,” Ghura said.

In the fall of 2022, MHS evacuated two days in a row due to two separate safety threats.

Ghura said safety precautions should be the priority to ensure the safety of the students.

“We had officers here this morning along with myself. There’s one circling around whenever he can, so there’ll be plenty of officers around.”

— Steve Aspinall

School Resource Officer Steve Aspinall said the threat should not be a serious concern for students and their safety.

“A lot of the times when these calls come in, they come from out of the area, even sometimes out of the country,” Officer Aspinall said.

No school events today have been delayed or adjusted in light of the threat, such as the senior Wacky Olympics during Ac Lab.

“We had officers here this morning along with myself,” Officer Aspinall said. “There’s one circling around whenever he can, so there’ll be plenty of officers around.”

Aspinall said safety is something that students should always concern themselves with, even in situations without threats.

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Shreya Das
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Shreya Das, junior, is a staff reporter for the Marquette Messenger. This is her first semester on staff. Outside of newspaper, she is president of the Student Belonging and Equity Club and founder of the Martial Arts club. When not in school, she loves traveling, playing musical instruments, serving her community, and diving into a new read.
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