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Huron School District to remove mask mandate once Wayne County gives go ahead


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
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Posted Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022

The Huron School District announced Tuesday plans to remove the current mask mandate in schools once Wayne County gives the go ahead.

On Feb. 11, the Wayne County Health Department said that they are anticipating lifting the county wide mask mandate for schools on Feb. 28.

Supt. Donovan Rowe released a statement Tuesday saying the district anticipates lifting the mandate on Feb. 28.

“With the support of our community, our district has done an outstanding job remaining flexible while balancing all of the additional external pressures via state and local mandates, while keeping the most important goal in mind, providing a healthy, in-person learning environment,” Rowe said.

“As the masking mandate is lifted on February 28, 2022, students and staff members will no longer be required to wear face masks in our school buildings. It is important to note that the Wayne County Health Department continues to “strongly recommend” a layered approach to COVID-19 prevention that “includes wearing masks in public indoor spaces.” As a result, masks will be strongly recommended, but not required in the Huron School District. This is in line with our position prior to the WCHD mandate.”

Masks will still be required for students and staff on busses.

“Due to the federal mandate requiring masking on all public transportation (buses, trains, airplanes, etc..), masking on our school buses is still a mandate, and students and staff must continue to wear face masks while on school buses in compliance with that federal mandate,” Rowe said.


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Mattress fundraiser on March 6 helps support Huron High, Junior High music programs

Posted by The Huron Hub | Feb. 9, 2022

If you or someone you know is looking to replace a bed in your home, now is the time. Huron HS & JR High School Music Programs are excited to announce they will be hosting a one-day Mattress Fundraiser on Sunday, March 6th, from 11am-4pm. For one day only, the High School will be transformed into a mattress showroom. For information about the sale, go to bit.ly/beds4huron22.

There will be 25 different mattress styles on display in all sizes in styles for customers to try, priced below retail. Adjustable power bases, premium pillows, bed frames, and mattress protectors will be available as well. Brands like Simmons Beautyrest, come with full factory warranties, are made to order, and will be available 2-3 weeks after the fundraiser. Delivery is available. Best of all, the Music Programs benefit from every purchase.

The company, Custom Fundraising Solutions (CFS) first introduced The Mattress Fundraiser to the Cleveland, Ohio market in 2005. The company now has over 100 locations and works with more than 2,000 schools nationwide. The unique business model helps schools raise thousands of dollars in just one day, and to date, the company has given back over $40 million.

What: Huron HS & JR High School Music Programs Mattress Fundraiser
Where: Huron High School
When: Sunday, March 6th, 11am-4pm
Link: bit.ly/beds4huron22
Watch this quick video that explains how the Mattress Fundraiser works! https://youtu.be/dtWPNME9W2w
Contact Tyler.Millard@cfsbeds.com or call (616) 460-1872 for more information.

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Huron School District closes Friday due to unsafe road conditions

Posted by The Huron Hub | Feb. 3, 2022

Huron School District is closed Friday, Feb. 4, 2022.

After a snowstorm swept through the region this week, road conditions are not in the best shape as of Thursday evening.


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Huron School District closed Wednesday, Thursday due to snow storm

Posted by The Huron Hub | Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022

Huron School District has cancelled classes Wednesday, Feb. 2 and Thursday, Feb. 3 due to weather.

Related: Winter storm warning issued for southeast Michigan; one foot of snow expected by late Thursday


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Huron High School student arrested for claiming to have loaded weapon in backpack

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By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
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Posted Friday, Jan. 28, 2022

A 17-year-old student at Huron High School in New Boston was arrested Friday after they allegedly told classmates that they had a loaded weapon in their backpack.

Police responded to the high school Friday afternoon on a report of a threat made.

The Huron Township police school resource officer assigned to the Huron School District was immediately at the school.

The Detective Bureau, Evidence Technician Team, Traffic Services Unit, Command Staff, Community Policing Officers, and on-duty patrol staff responded to assist with the investigation.

Police say multiple students reported that the suspect approached them and said that they had a loaded weapon in their backpack.

The suspect then made a direct threat to a classmate, according to police.

Police, with the help of school administrators located and took the suspect into custody.

A search of the student, backpack, and the student’s locker was conducted and no weapon was located, police said.

The student is currently at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center pending charges.

The investigation will be sent to the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

“We will always err on the side of caution and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our students. We are fortunate to work with our local school administrations that share that same goal. It is unfortunate that some students still haven’t figured out that threatening statements will not be taken as a joke and will ultimately get them taken into custody and charged,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“I would ask parents to once again talk to their students tonight and reinforce that these threats are unacceptable. Interrupting the learning process is not funny and they will be held accountable,” Robbins said.

Huron School District released a statement regarding the incident on Friday.

“Later this afternoon, a student reported that they overheard another student at H.H.S. state that they had a weapon in their backpack. H.H.S. Administration and the Huron Township Police Department immediately investigated this matter and determined that there was no weapon on campus. The building was secure at all times, and all staff and students were safe during the investigation. As always, safety and security will continue to be our number one priority, and we will continue to work closely with the Huron Township Police Department,” the statement said.


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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
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

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.