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Visiting Former L'Anse Creuse Student Causes School Lockdown

Three L'Anse Creuse Schools were closed Tuesday after a report of a suspicious person in L'Anse Creuse High School.

Classes were canceled Tuesday morning at three L'Anse Creuse after a person in military gear was seen in L'Anse Creuse High School, according to a report by WJBK-TV.

L'Anse Creuse High School, L'Anse Creuse Middle School-Central and Graham Elementary were all closed as the Macomb County Sheriff's Office investigated the report.

High school students en route to the school via bus transported to a “safe location” until the decision was made to close the school, according to Kelly Allen, director for Public and Community Relations. 

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham told the television station that the man was a 21-year-old former student and airman at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

Wickersham stated in the report that the former student was in the school to meet with a counselor. He was questioned and released, the sheriff told WJBK.

High school students scheduled to take the Michigan Merit Exam/ACT this week will make up the test at a later date, which has yet to be determined. 

Wind Symphony Practice and Taste of the Town will continue as scheduled.

Stephen Kiluk March 05, 2013 at 02:37 PM
This is embarrassing. Schools have gone too far when they start harassing former students that come back to visit. Did anyone speak to the young man before sounding the alarm? Just because there have been school shootings does not mean that we should abandon common sense. The young man should have been thanked for serving our country rather than welcomed by a lockdown.
Concerned Resident March 05, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I would rather error on the side of caution. That's the world we live in. Better safe than sorry.
l.c. March 06, 2013 at 03:12 PM
So Steven, if this guy were there to harm students, which thankfully he wasn't and the school blew it off, then what???? Then is there are 20 people shot and the school and police do nothing, would you then be on here screaming where were the police, why didn't the school call, these lives could have been saved. Yes, the young man should be thanked for his service, no doubt about that. However, in these crazy times it is better to be proactive then reactive. The school and the police did their jobs. It was determined to be no threat, a misunderstanding. Better to find this out than to no react and lives are lost.
Dagmar VanSlyke March 06, 2013 at 05:36 PM
i full heartily agree with you
Dagmar VanSlyke March 06, 2013 at 05:38 PM
we all do our part to make our own world into a police state. remember that when you one day (or your children, or childrens children) have to stand in line for EVERYTHING, from groceries to buying underwear.
Dennis March 06, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Ridiculous overreaction, which seems to be the new norm. Since he was there to meet with a counselor, wasn't there was an appointment, and at the very least the counselor knew he was coming? Did nobody approach him and ask questions, just grab the phone and call the cops immediately? I recently went to my kids' elementary, as I have done many times for 15 years, and am very well known. Have to hit a buzzer, state my personal information, look in the camera, show my license, then report to the office that's 5' away. Seriously? Guilty before innocent. Over 100,000 schools in the US, 3-4 unfortunate incidents, and the whole country goes on lockdown, even afraid of the very people that protect us! The percentage does not warrant the procedure, IMO. At the very least, way to embarrass an enlisted man and make him feel like a criminal after what he's given for you and your freedom. >_<
Dennis March 06, 2013 at 05:59 PM
So you think it was correct to lock down three schools, divert buses full of students, cancel ACT exams, have many police cars and men show up, and THEN say "excuse me, who are you here to see?" only to find out it's completely legit? Can you imagine the expenses if they do this EVERY time, and not just profile a man in the proudest of uniforms? How would you feel if they did this to YOU?
Dagmar VanSlyke March 06, 2013 at 07:06 PM
thank you
Alan Dean Naldrett March 07, 2013 at 12:51 AM
I think Dennis above puts it best. This was totally ridiculous and totally overblown. Since they didn't mention it, I assume the person had no visible firearms.

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