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Due to a school threat investigation all schools in the Clintondale Community Schools district will be closed Monday.
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Clinton Township police are expected to provide extra security Tuesday in Clintondale Community Schools after the district was closed due to threats of violence Monday.
The abrupt cancellation came following an altercation last week that resulted in threats against juveniles at the high school and the arrest of one student, according to school officials and police.
District leaders said there was a physical altercation between some students and residents at Normandy Park on Little Mack Avenue. Several police and emergency vehicles responded to the incident.
After the altercation took place, there were multiple reports made to police and school administrators about additional violence that could take place Monday, Superintendent Kenneth Janczarek said in a letter to parents.
“Due to the additional threats made to the police department and administration after our communication yesterday, the decision to cancel school was made,” Janczarek said in the letter. “This decision allows the district to complete the proper risk assessments and the police to continue to conduct their investigation.”
The south Clinton Township district includes includes a high school, middle school and three elementary schools.
Janczarek said school officials initially intended to open school Monday with various safety precautions in place. But more information came in Sunday night and into the early-morning hours of Monday about the threat, so officials decided to cancel classes, he said.
Detective Lt. David Marker of the Clinton Township Police Department said one student was arrested, but he declined to release additional information until the investigation is complete.
Clintondale Community Schools is expected to follow through on filing police reports and pressing charges against any individuals who threaten or may pose a threat to the student and staff, Janczarek said in the letter.
He said as students return to class on Tuesday, they will see a heightened police presence as well as school resource officers The district’s crisis response personnel will be present to provide support for students at the high school and middle school.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Marker at 586- 493-7856.
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