Police investigating school shooting threat at St. Joseph HS in St. Joseph, MI

NOW: Police investigating school shooting threat at St. Joseph HS in St. Joseph, MI


SAINT JOSEPH, Mich. – The Berrien County Sheriff's Department is investigating reports of a school shooting threat at the St. Joseph High School on Monday.

Berrien County Dispatch confirmed that police have had several reports filed beginning around 4:30 p.m.

St. Joseph's Superintendent sent an email to parents and staff on Monday at 8:00 p.m:

Dear Parents and Staff,
We are aware that a potential threat was made against St. Joseph High School today and local authorities are actively investigating. We will share more information with you as it becomes available.
Superintendent Ann Cardon

The suspect has been identified and will not be in attendence at school on Tuesday.

St. Joseph Police, Berrien County Sheriff's Department, and the FBI are involved in the investigation.

The FBI is obtaining a search warrant to check out the suspect's home to ensure he does not have access to weapons.

Superintendent Cardon updated parents and staff at 9:55 p.m: 

Dear Parents and Staff,
Earlier this evening we received a call from the police stating that they received a report from a concerned parent that one of our students made a threatening statement. We have been working collaboratively with the police throughout the evening, and as they have been interviewing kids, they do not believe it is a credible threat. I just spoke with Brian Uridge, St. Joseph Public Safety Director, and he said, "At this time there is no immediate danger to students and it appears to be a miscommunication based on overheard conversations and posts on social media. We are currently interviewing multiple people and will update as we learn more."
However, in light of what occurred last week I can certainly understand that many of you have a tremendously heightened sense of concern. We will have a visible police presence at the high school tomorrow and plan to operate as normal.
We hold the safety and security of your children as our number one priority and feel confident that we can open our doors; however, as always, whether you send your child to school is your decision and we will respect your decision.

Ann Cardon, Superintendent

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