HILLSDALE, MI (Wilkes) – Another school in mid-Michigan canceled classes Wednesday while it was investigating a threat. This time in Hillsdale.
A letter was sent to parents on Wednesday evening stating that the school district will remain closed on Thursday and that students will participate in distance learning from home on Friday.
Sports and extra-curricular events will be postponed on Thursday and Friday.
“I was so scared. I came home after school yesterday and cried a little bit,” said Ashlyn Moore, a student at Hillsdale High School.
Hillsdale Community Schools is investigating a number of potential threats rife in the high school, including one where “Hillsdale is next” was written on a restroom wall.
This is the latest investigation into the threat following the November 30 shooting at Oxford High School that killed four students.
“I’ve never been in a situation like this before. The immediate reaction I got was shocked. I was so scared,” Moore said. “I am only 17 and my biggest fear is actually getting shot. I never thought Hillsdale would be a place I thought I would be afraid of.”
The district provided counselors to students who might want to talk to someone but at least one student said they were still afraid to return to class.
“I get anxious sometimes. It makes me a little anxious about going to school,” said Carson Cooley, a high school student in Hillsdale. “This was just one case. You never know what could happen on a daily basis.”
Cole wants to see things get back to normal soon.
“It’s my last year. I just hope these threats stop and people know that they are very serious threats,” Cooley said.
People who pose a threat – real or not – can be charged with false reporting of terrorism, which carries a 20-year prison sentence.
Schools encourage students to follow the advice: “See something, say something.”
Concerns can be reported anonymously to the statewide OK2Say hotline.
OK2SAY is available 24/7 and tips can be sent in the following ways:
- Call: 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729)
- Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)
- Email: OK2SAY@mi.gov
- OK2SAY Website: ok2say.com
- OK2SAY Mobile App: Available for download in app stores for iPhone and Android
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