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'Concerning statement' by teacher triggers school's threat response plan

Essexville-Hampton Public Schools initiated their threat response plan Friday after staff reported a ‘concerning statement’ made by a faculty member. (Photo: MGN)

ESSEXVILLE, Mich. - Essexville-Hampton Public Schools initiated their threat response plan Friday after staff reported a ‘concerning statement’ made by a faculty member.

The incident happened Thursday at Cramer Junior High School during lunchtime, but no students were present to hear the statement.

In accordance with the school’s procedures, the teacher in question was immediately placed on leave.

Essexville Public Safety determined later that same day there was no credible threat against students.

The district then made the decision to hold classes Friday, but with students’ movement being restricted.

School officials said in a statement their facilities operate in secure mode every day.

"We are committed to improving procedures and policies to further ensure the safety and well-being of all students," the school district said via statement.

An internal investigation into the matter is being conducted by the district.

No charges have yet been filed against the teacher, but Essexville Public Safety reports the case has been handed over to the Bay County Prosecutor's Office for review.

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