UPDATE: Police say possible threat at Bothwell Middle School unfounded

Updated: Dec. 8, 2021 at 1:06 PM EST
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - In an email sent to parents on Wednesday morning, Bothwell Middle School Principal Bobby Reichel, said there was an alleged threat of a student bringing a gun into the school.

In the email, it states that the suspected student’s backpack, jacket, and locker were searched and nothing was found that could cause any harm.

According to Marquette City Police, the alleged threat was reported to have been made by a student at the school.

Police say that after a thorough investigation, the threat was found to be completely unsubstantiated.

In a statement to TV6, Marquette Area Public Schools Interim Superintendent Zack Sedgwick says, “Most importantly, everyone is safe. However, the situation from today is still a sensitive one and it would be imprudent for me to comment on any details before the investigation’s conclusion. At MAPS we continue to make every effort to ensure the safety of all of our students, staff, and families.”

He continues, “The Oxford tragedy certainly was a reminder of the importance of preparation. In addition to practicing drills and reviewing protocols, our administrative team continues to consult with law enforcement on best practices in dealing with real or perceived threats. Furthermore, our MAPS District Crisis Committee meets throughout the year to discuss and revise our District Emergency Response Plan, which is reviewed and approved by the county emergency management program coordinator.”

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