After closing for two days in a row, police say Summit Schools are safe to attend
By Scott Bolthouse |The Huron Hub | ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
A 14-year-old female and a 12-year-old male were arrested Tuesday after police allege they made threats against Summit Academy Schools on social media.
Both are students at Summit Academy Middle School and are in seventh and eight grade.
Police say on Sunday at 11:30 p.m., a Summit student reported seeing multiple threats posted on a social media app called “Lipsi.”
The app is self-described as an application that allows posting anonymous messages.
Police say the messages were specific to Summit Schools and threatened to use both bomb and gun violence against other students during a specific time frame.
“This is great opportunity for all parents to once again have a conversation with their students about the seriousness of making threats against a school. I can assure the community that every case will be handled seriously. These threats can result in felony charges. I also urge parents to check their children’s phones and social media account as often as possible,” said Huron Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.
After their arrests, both students transported to the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center pending charges from the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
“We are working hand in hand with the administration at Summit Academy. They have great safety protocols in place and have never wavered from making student safety their top priority,” Robbins said.
Summit Academy currently contracts for a full-time school resource Huron officer.
Police say it is safe for students to return to school and there will be extra police presence Wednesday as a precaution.
Leann Hedke, superintendent of Summit Schools, released a statement on the arrest.
I am happy to share that school will resume tomorrow, January 16, 2019. This afternoon a 14-year old student was arrested for her alleged role in the threat made on social media. I am grateful for the support of the Huron Township Police Department, especially Chief Robbins, Lt. Girard and Officer Czernik. I am also grateful for the support of our families who recognize that we take threats seriously and always put the safety of your children first.
“At this time, I would like to ask parents to please talk to your children about social media. Make sure they understand the repercussions of threats, even those made in jest. To elevate the discussion further, each of our schools will be holding seminars in the near future to talk about social media.
“For children and parents who remain concerned, let me assure you that there is no threat against our school, students or staff. If you have any questions or would just like to chat, please call me at 734-379-9766.
Robbins added: “We are happy to bring this investigation to a conclusion. Unfortunately, over 2200 students were unable to attend school the past two days and receive their education because of the reckless acts of these two students. We, along with the Summit Schools Administration, realize the hardship that the past two days placed on the students and their parents and we thank them for their patience while we fully investigated this incident.”