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‘Bomb’ found written on bathroom wall inside Miller Elementary; police say there is no threat

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

A student at Miller Elementary told staff Wednesday that they found the word “bomb” written on a wall inside a bathroom at the school.

The graffiti did not indicate a specific threat, Police Chief Everette Robbins said.

School administration contacted the Huron Township Police Department’s school resource officer.

Robbins said threat assessment protocols were put into place and it is unclear how long the graffiti has been inside the bathroom.

No specific threat was made, Robbins said.

The investigation is ongoing between the Huron Township Police Department school resource officer, detective bureau, and the Huron Schools administration.

“I believe that it is safe for students to attend school Thursday. We will continue to investigate and inform the residents when additional information is available,” Robbins said.

Below is an email statement released from Huron Schools administration.

Good Afternoon Miller Families,

This is Jean Gilbert, Principal of Miller Elementary.  This afternoon, graffiti was found written on one of our bathroom stalls.  The graffiti used the word “bomb,” and we initiated our safety protocols in our building.  Using our district safety protocols, we contacted the police, investigated the graffiti, and together determined that the threat risk was at the lowest level, and is not considered a threat.  As part of our protocol, I am sending you this message to keep you informed.  In addition, I sent out an automated call with this information to our Miller families.

Our goal is to ensure student safety, and in doing so, we must make every effort to stay vigilant, even when it includes graffiti that does not pose a threat to student safety.

Please be sure to have a conversation with your sons and daughters about “graffiti” and “pranks,” reinforcing that jokes about threats and/or threatening language of any kind in a school setting is not funny and will be taken seriously by school officials and law enforcement.


Kindergarten round-ups scheduled for Brown, Miller Elementary Schools

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

Brown and Miller Elementary Schools will be hosting their Kindergarten round-up events in April.

Brown’s is scheduled for April 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Miller’s is scheduled for April 19 also from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

During the round-up events, future kindergarten students will get to tour the schools and ride a bus.

Parents should bring birth certificates, immunization records, and three proofs of residency for their child.

For more information about each school’s event, please contact Brown Elementary at 734-782-2716 or Miller Elementary at 734-753-4421.

Jimmy Williams memorial run set for May 5

Participants are off to the races during a past Jimmy Williams memorial run. (File photo by Scott Bolthouse.)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

The annual Jimmy Williams memorial run is set for Saturday, May 5 at Willow Metro Park in New Boston.

The 5K run and walk is held in honor of Jimmy Williams, an honor student and exceptional athlete who attended Huron High School.

Williams died in a car crash caused by a drunken driver Nov. 18, 2012 while he was traveling with his family through South Carolina on vacation.

All proceeds from the race will benefit the Jimmy Williams memorial scholarship, which will be rewarded to deserving Huron High School seniors who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, will be attending college or a trade school in the fall of 2018, must be a Huron High School athlete and has demonstrated leadership abilities by participating in a club or community service.

Sign up for the event and view full details online at this link.

The paved course winds runners and walkers through scenic Willow Metro Park and along the Huron River.

The race begins at 10 a.m. near the pool/amphitheater area, with an awards ceremony immediately following at 11.

Suspicious note found at Miller Elementary determined to be non-threatening

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

A suspicious note found Wednesday inside Miller Elementary in New Boston that prompted a school lock-down has been determined by police to be non-threatening.

Related: Safety protocols taken at Miller Elementary after suspicious note found in bathroom

Police Chief Everette Robbins said the school resource officer and detective bureau worked late into the evening Wednesday and the student who wrote the suspicious note was identified as an 11-year-old Miller Elementary 5th Grader.

The student was located and is cooperating with the investigation.

The initial investigation determined that the suspicious note was not intended by the student to be a threat.

School administration is handling the situation internally with the student and their parents,  who are fully cooperative, according to Robbins.

“The note contained some key words that triggered concern and an investigation. In response to any potential threat, we will always take the position to overreact rather than underreact. I do not believe there was ever any threat to the safety of the students in this instance,” Robbins said.

Safety protocols taken at Miller Elementary after suspicious note found in bathroom


By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

Safety protocols were taken at Miller Elementary School Wednesday afternoon after staff found a suspicious note inside of a girls bathroom.

“This afternoon, a note was found in the girls’ bathroom at Miller Elementary School. The note was written by an elementary student, containing a rhyme that could be considered threatening due to the language used. Although this note may have been considered a ‘prank,’ the response was taken very seriously,” said Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron Schools.

“The note prompted staff to initiate threat assessment protocols and to go into a precautionary lockdown while police investigated the situation. After an analysis of the note’s contents, it was determined that there was no threat to student or staff safety. The school and police are continuing to investigate the incident.”

In a letter to parents and staff, Rowe stressed that parents talk with thieir students about the seriousness of these types of threats.

“Please take time to reinforce that jokes about threats and/or threatening language of any kind in a school setting is not funny and will be taken seriously by school officials and law enforcement,” he said.

View a full statement released by Rowe by clicking this link.

Huron Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said his department has a school resource officer and detectives at Miller Elementary and that the investigation is ongoing.

“We will provide updates to the community as soon as we have any new information. The relationship between our department and school administration has never been better and we will work together as a team to solve this issue. Student safety is our number one priority. I believe that it is safe for the students to attend classes tomorrow as we have no specific threat,” Robbins said.

Police conduct local warrant sweep, proactive K9 search of Huron High School

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

Police in Huron Township conducted a local warrant sweep Tuesday and a proactive K9 search of Huron High School Wednesday.

During the warrant sweep, police arrested five people on misdemeanor warrants ranging from larceny and traffic violations to resisting arrest.

Offenders from Huron, Taylor and Brownstown Township were arrested, and other offenders that were sought after during the sweep were not located.

It was led by Sgt. Jon Bettendorf and Officer Tom Smith and was a cooperative effort between several divisions within the police department, including the K9 Unit, traffic services unit, community policing officer, detective bureau, and reserve officer unit.

“We will continue to do these proactive sweeps throughout our Township on a regular and consistent basis. We will travel outside our borders to hold offenders accountable,” Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.

“We owe it to our residents to continue to be proactive and visible while holding offenders accountable for their crimes. We welcome the community’s assistance. If they have information on someone wanted for a crime, they can feel free to contact our department directly.”

K9 search of schools

The police K9 Unit with assistance from the Wyandotte police and Livonia police K9 units, conducted a proactive and unannounced search within Huron High School Wednesday.

The search was not in response to any particular incident or ongoing problem, Robbins said.

The search was focused on the lockers, and no students were personally searched.

No drugs were located within the school and no arrests were made.

The K9 did signal on a student’s locker and prescription pills were found inside. The investigation revealed the pills were appropriately prescribed to the student.

“A lot of credit should go to the Superintendent and his entire staff for working with us and being proactive in making our schools safe. We promise that we all will continue to communicate and do whatever is necessary to keep our kids safe,” Robbins said.

“Our goal is to do these searches randomly and regularly. It is a great opportunity for parents to speak to their kids about the risks of taking things to school that they shouldn’t.”

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