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Summit Academy 6th grader taken into custody for allegedly making ‘shooting gestures’ at classmates

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By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
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Posted Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021

A sixth grade student at Summit Academy North Middle School, 18601 Middle Belt Road, was taken into custody Thursday after they allegedly made shooting gestures at classmates.

At 11:00 a.m., a student within the Summit Academy School District reported to staff that another student, 12, made a threat.

Police said an investigation indicates the arrested student made a shooting gesture with his hands toward multiple students inside the school building during a verbal altercation.

The Huron Township Police Department school liaison officer was immediately notified, and the student was immediately taken into custody and interviewed in the presence of his parent.

Police said the student’s locker and belongings were searched, and no weapons were located.

The case will be sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for review and possible charges filed. 

The juvenile will be held in custody pending that review.

“We are at a loss for how to stop these things from happening. As you can imagine, it is never easy to take a young child into custody. I don’t want it to get lost that we understand these are young children who obviously haven’t thought their actions fully through. However, if we have learned anything from recent events, it is that we just cannot assume that any person, child, or adult, is not a threat once a threat is made. We hope this young child will ultimately get the help and guidance they need for a successful future. It appears that they have a great support system in their corner to help make that happen,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“As always, the staff at Summit Academy put student safety first. We thank them for their quick actions and assistance throughout this investigation. Once again, we ask parents to continually have the talk with their children that these types of threats are not acceptable. In addition, please also reiterate that bullying behavior of any type is also wrong.”


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Student admits to writing threat on bathroom wall at Renton Junior High School Monday

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
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Posted Monday, Dec. 13, 2021

A 12-year-old student was taken into custody Monday after they admitted to police that they wrote a threat on a bathroom wall inside Renton Junior High School in New Boston.

At 12:30 p.m. Monday, a student told school staff about a threat to “shoot this school up” written on a bathroom at the school.

The Huron Township Police Department school liaison officer was immediately notified by school administration, and within 15 minutes, a 12-year-old middle school student was taken into custody.

Police say the student admitted to writing the threat.

The student’s locker and belongings were searched and no weapons were located.

The student’s parents were notified, and the investigation is ongoing.

The case will be sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for review and possible charges filed.

The juvenile will be held in custody pending that review.

“We have worked hard to have a strong visible presence in and around our schools in an effort to make parents and students feel safe. We will continue that presence,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“This investigation resulted in a quick resolution due to the staff at Renton Junior High and we thank them for their quick response and assistance. We will continue to have a zero-tolerance policy regarding threats of any kind to our schools and our students, period. Once again, we ask parents to have this discussion with your children at home tonight. We all want the same thing for our children, a safe and comfortable learning environment within our great school districts.”

Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron School District, released a statement Monday afternoon regarding the threat.

“This afternoon, graffiti was written in one of the restrooms at Renton Jr. High School that caused concern for our team. The Huron Township Police Department was called in to investigate, and the student responsible was in custody within 15 minutes of the report. Using our surveillance equipment, we were able to determine the identity of the student who wrote the graffiti, and the student admitted responsibility. The Huron School District has zero tolerance for this type of behavior, and the student is being disciplined accordingly. In addition, the student has been taken into custody by the Huron Township Police Department. Please talk to your son or daughter, stressing the importance and potential impact that their language can have on the school community, whether that is in the form of a verbal statement, note, graffiti, or social media post. 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,” Rowe said.


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Police investigating threat written on bathroom wall at Huron High School

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By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
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Posted Monday, Dec. 6, 2021

Huron High School in New Boston was placed on lockdown Monday after a threat was found written on a bathroom wall inside the school.

Police have no one in custody as of Monday evening, and they plan to increase their presence Tuesday at the high school as a precaution.

Multiple units with Huron Township police responded to the school Monday at 11:30 a.m. The school’s resource officer was already on scene.

The threat in the bathroom did not contain a specific threat, police said.

Students were placed in a lockdown status to contain any threat that may exist as the investigation proceeded.

Students were allowed bathroom breaks upon request and were escorted by school and law enforcement staff to ensure their safety.

Parents requesting to remove their student from the school were allowed and those students were safely escorted to their parent.

An investigation was conducted throughout the morning, afternoon, and is continuing throughout the evening Monday, according to authorities.

Multiple students were identified from school surveillance footage having entered the bathroom from the beginning of the school day until the time in which the threat was discovered and reported.

All of the students who entered the bathroom during the specific time in question were identified and interviewed.

Multiple lockers and belongings were searched. No weapons or anything else that presented an immediate danger to students or staff was located throughout the investigation.

“We will have extra staff on school grounds as a precaution at drop off, dismissal, as well as throughout the upcoming days. We have not located any evidence of an imminent threat, but that does not mean we shouldn’t all stay vigilant. If you see something or hear something, please say something,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“I would ask parents to talk to their students tonight and in the upcoming days and pass on any information they may have regarding the recent threats. It is important that we hold those responsible accountable so that our students can get back to getting an education.”

Last week, a similar incident occurred at Renton Junior High School.

Authorities are warning young people that making threats against schools is a serious offense.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced charges recently against seven juveniles in separate incidents recently for making threats against schools or having a weapon in school.

Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron School District, released a letter to parents Monday. The entire letter is available below.


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Threat written on bathroom wall causes lockdown at Renton Jr High; police conducting investigation

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Friday, Dec. 3, 2021

Huron Township police are investigating a threat that was found written on a bathroom wall inside Renton Junior High School in New Boston on Friday.

Police responded to the school at 9:11 a.m. on Friday. Already at the school was the department’s school resource officer assigned to the Huron School District.

Police say the threat did not contain any specific time frame or specific target.

Multiple students were identified from school surveillance footage having entered the bathroom from the beginning of the school day until the time the threat was discovered and reported.

All students who entered the bathroom during the specific time were identified and removed from their classrooms, their lockers and belongings searched, and an initial interview was conducted in an attempt to determine if any immediate threat was present.

“We have always and will continue to always take every threat seriously. Unfortunately, in light of recent events, every parent is a bit on edge as we send our children off to school, me included. I have had and currently have kids within the district, and I am very fortunate to see first-hand the measures that are taken to keep our kids safe during incidents such as these. We appreciate not only the relationship we have with the school administration when things like this occur, but also the confidence parents have in us knowing we will do all that we can to keep our kids safe,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

No weapons or anything else that presented an immediate danger to students or staff was located during the investigation.

During the investigation, the school was placed in a lockdown to contain any threat that may exist while the investigation continued.

Students were allowed bathroom breaks on request, and were escorted by school and law enforcement staff to ensure their safety.

Parents who requested to remove their student from the school were allowed to. Students were safely escorted to their parent.

Robbins said it was a challenge conducting the investigation during Friday’s scheduled half-day at the school.

“The challenge today was the fact that it was a half day and we only had less than two hours before dismissal. It was important that before we allowed kids to exit the school and onto buses, we needed to identify every student that entered the bathroom where the threat occurred. This was no quick or easy task. The staff at Renton Junior High deserves a lot of credit for helping us make that happen. It is important that parents know that prior to allowing students to leave classrooms, all kids entering the bathroom were identified and, in our presence, and that was by design. Renton students and staff safety was first and foremost at all times, period,” Robbins said.

Robbins said he has no reason to believe anyone inside the school was in danger during the school day.

“At this point we have no reason to believe that students were in danger or that any imminent threat was present. No weapons were located, and we have nothing to lend credibility to the threat other than the words written. Every parent of every student who entered the bathroom where the threat occurred is cooperating and with that said, we will continue to investigate. I know that every parent will make the decision they feel comfortable regarding their child’s attendance at school in upcoming days, but at this point we have no reason to believe that it is not safe for students to return to school next week.”

During the police response to the school, several units within Huron Township police responded, including the Detective Bureau, Evidence Technician Team, Traffic Services Unit, command staff, community policing officers, and on-duty patrol staff.


Huron School District operating millage passes: unofficial results

Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 3, 2021

Huron School District operating millage passes: unofficial results.

From Huron Township clerk Facebook page: Unoffical Results for the Huron School District Bond question from 11-2-2021 election. These are only Huron precincts.

Yes- 1442
No- 640

Sumpter Twp and Ash Twp each have a precinct that reports to the county. There (sic) results are not included in the above numbers.

Bond language:


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Huron Schools closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday as township awaits water tests

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 11, 2021 | 4:20 p.m.

The Huron School District will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week while the township awaits water tests following a massive water main break that occurred Sunday.

Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron School District, sent a communication Monday afternoon explaining the situation.

Rowe said he hopes the situation will be resolved so that classes can resume on Friday.

“I have been in contact with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety today, and we are working closely with the Huron Township DPW. Officials have notified the schools that they cannot guarantee that water is safe to drink or use for hand washing at this time. We are being told that definitive test results will not be available until late on Thursday, and the boil water advisory will be in effect until the results are in. Student and staff safety is our primary concern, and this situation poses a potential risk to our drinking and washing water in the district. Unfortunately, this means that the Huron School District will be closed on Tuesday, October 12, Wednesday, October 13, and Thursday, October 14, 2021. We hope that we will be able to safely return to regular operation on Friday. As always, we will communicate any updates or changes if and when we are made aware. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be safe out there,” Rowe said.

Related articles:

Water update from Huron TWP DPW director; boil water alert remains in effect

Boil water alert issued in Huron Township

Continue checking back with The Huron Hub as we update the community on the water situation.


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New school bus laws go into effect today in Michigan

Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 11, 2021

Two new laws go into effect Monday in Michigan that aim to make school busses safer for children.

The two new laws focus on:

-making it easier to ticket drivers who pass a school bus’s extended stop arm
-implementing more signage to make it clear a person cannot walk onto a school bus without permission.

The first makes it easier to ticket drivers who illegally pass the school bus’ extended stop arm.

Previously, police had to witness in-person a car pass a bus stop arm sign in order to issue a ticket.

Under the new law, drivers can now be ticketed using exterior cameras on buses.

Some schools already have the cameras, while others are now looking into the investment because of the new law.

“This rule, we hope, will increase enforcement, wake people up and we will see fewer instances of those stop arms getting run,” Rep. Jack O’Malley, Chair of the House Transportation Committee, told WXYZ news.

O’Malley helped pass the law, along with another law stating people cannot walk onto a school bus without permission.

“It always happened at the school building. You try to go to your child’s elementary school and get in, you got to ring in and tell them who you are, they gotta buzz to let you in, why- safety,” said O’Malley.

The same idea will now apply to the bus. There will now be a no trespassing sign on the door of the bus.

If a driver is caught blowing a stop sign, or if a person steps onto a bus without permission, both offenses carry a fine of up to $500.


Huron School District closed Monday due to water main break in the township

Posted Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 | 8:20 p.m. EDT

Huron School District is closed Monday, Oct. 11 due to a large water main break that has impacted nearly every area of the township.

“I was recently contacted by the Huron Townhsip Department of Public Safety pertaining to the water main break in teh township. Unfortunately, the system is still not working, which will impact the drinking water and hand washing water in the district. This could be unsafe for our students and staff. As a result, the Huron School District will be closed tomorrow, Monday, October 11, 2021,” a statement from Supt. Donovan Rowe said.

Areas of the township were still without water pressure as of Sunday afternoon.

Check back with The Huron Hub for updates

Related: Boil water alert issued in Huron Township

Water main break causes pressure issues in Huron Township Sunday


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Video: police catch driver ignoring school bus stop in Huron Township

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Sept. 21, 2021 | scottbolthouse@huronhub.com

A driver on Sibley Road in Huron Township made a dangerous decision and chose to ignore the stop lights on a school bus last week, and was immediately pulled over by police for doing so.

The incident was caught on police dash cam video during a patrol of school bus routes that was being conducted on Sept. 16 by Huron Township police.

In the video, you can see the driver clearly ignore the red flashing lights at the bus stop.

“As you will see, a driver completely disregards the flashing red lights and if you look closely, you will see a child that has to stop from crossing to avoid being hit. The driver was stopped and cited,” said a Facebook post on the Huron Township Department of Public Safety page.

Here is a video showing what happened:

“Unfortunately, year after year, we have drivers that believe their time is more important than the safety of our children,” the post by the public safety department said. “Drivers, this is not ok! There is NO EXCUSE and we will accept no excuses as we issue your citation. Please slow down and give yourself extra time to make your destination.”

Below is the law regarding school bus passing directly from the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code.

257.682 Stopping for school bus displaying flashing red lights; violation as civil infraction; meeting stopped school bus on divided highway; proof; rebuttable presumption; community service.
Sec. 682.

(1) The operator of a vehicle overtaking or meeting a school bus that has stopped and is displaying 2 alternately flashing red lights located at the same level shall bring the vehicle to a full stop not less than 20 feet from the school bus and shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer actuated. The operator of a vehicle who fails to stop for a school bus as required by this subsection, who passes a school bus in violation of this subsection, or who fails to stop for a school bus in violation of an ordinance that is substantially similar to this subsection, is responsible for a civil infraction.
(2) The operator of a vehicle upon a highway that has been divided into 2 roadways by leaving an intervening space, or by a physical barrier, or clearly indicated dividing sections so constructed as to impede vehicular traffic, is not required to stop upon meeting a school bus that has stopped across the dividing space, barrier, or section.
(3) In a proceeding for a violation of subsection (1), proof that the particular vehicle described in the citation was in violation of subsection (1), together with proof that the defendant named in the citation was, at the time of the violation, the registered owner of the vehicle, constitutes a rebuttable presumption that the registered owner of the vehicle was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the violation.
(4) In addition to the civil fine and costs provided for a civil infraction under section 907, the judge, district court referee, or district court magistrate may order a person who violates this section to perform not more than 100 hours of community service.


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Parents share back-to-school photos with The Huron Hub

Tuesday was the first day of school in the Huron School District. Photo courtesy of Justyna Beatty

Posted by The Huron Hub | Sept. 8, 2021

Dozens of Huron parents shared their back-to-school photos on Tuesday with The Huron Hub.

Let’s kick-off the school year on the right foot. Good luck to all of the students, staff, and families this year.

Here is a social media link to the photos that were shared on our Facebook page.