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UPDATE: Escanaba man arrested for threat made towards schools

His name has not yet been released, pending his arraignment on charges in the Delta County District Court.
FILE. Escanaba Area High School sign.
FILE. Escanaba Area High School sign.(WLUC photo)
Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 11:13 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 4:57 PM EDT
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ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: Oct. 22: 4:45 p.m.: An Escanaba man was arrested Friday morning following a specific threat made in a call to the Escanaba High School.

According to Escanaba Public Safety, the 31-year-old man called one of the school offices at the high school and “made a specific threat towards the school” before 9:20 a.m. Oct. 22.

While Escanaba Public Safety investigated the threat, out of an abundance of caution, all school buildings were placed on an external lockdown.

After the investigation, the man was arrested and taken to the Delta County Jail. His bond was set at $250,000.

His name will not be released until he is arraigned on charges in the Delta County District Court.

Delta County Central Dispatch assisted Escanaba Public Safety with the investigation.

Escanaba Superintendent Fletcher said Public Safety was able to identify and contact the caller, and “quickly determined that schools could resume normal operations” Friday morning.

“The safety of our students is our foremost concern, and we appreciate the patience and understanding of our parents as we follow established procedures designed to keep our facilities secure and our children safe,” Superintendent Fletcher said. “We are also grateful for the rapid intervention of our Public Safety officers.”

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

ORIGNIAL STORY: Escanaba schools have resumed normal operations following a precautionary lockdown Friday morning.

According to a letter from Superintendent Coby Fletcher, a threatening call was received at one of the offices at the Junior/Senior High School.

While Escanaba Public Safety investigated, out of an abundance of caution, all school buildings were placed on an external lockdown.

Superintendent Fletcher said Public Safety was able to identify and contact the caller, and “quickly determined that schools could resume normal operations.”

“The safety of our students is our foremost concern, and we appreciate the patience and understanding of our parents as we follow established procedures designed to keep our facilities secure and our children safe,” Superintendent Fletcher said. “We are also grateful for the rapid intervention of our Public Safety officers.”

Any parents with questions can contact their child’s school.

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