Prevent and Respond to School Threats with Michigan State Police | WJMN


TOWNSHIP OF NEGAUNEE, Michigan (WJMN) – When threats against schools are made in the Upper Peninsula, city and county officials are usually the first to respond. Michigan State Police (MSP) often assist in a support role.

MSP soldiers participate in many training exercises for different scenarios in schools.

Lt. Mark Giannunzio of the Negaunee Post has said that any credible threat, whether executed or not, is a crime.

“Most of them are just threats. There is no way to achieve them. It is difficult to determine. But as an agency and as a law enforcement agency in general, we are investigating this as if it is likely to happen. Lieutenant Giannunzio continued, “So when we investigate, we will find out who made these threats and we will hold that person accountable.” Our prosecutors and our justice systems are on board. It is not something to blow away. It is not something that we treat lightly. We are devoting all our resources to it. And when we find out who the responsible person is, and we find out, we hold that person accountable and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

Numerous school threats were discovered across the UP last week. The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office is increasing its presence in schools this week.

Lt. Giannunzio said that to help prevent threats or violence, the first steps start at home. “Watch your kids and their social media. It’s huge right now. Social media has caused what happened in Oxford to multiply and tenfold due to the online threats coming in. A lot of people can sit behind a keyboard in the heat of their basement or anywhere and throw these threats and think they are anonymous. We will eventually find out who it is. But it’s a lot easier to do that than to be there in person.

In the state of Michigan, tips can be reported anonymously through OK2Say by calling, texting, sending email, or using the OK2SAY website or app. Tips can be kept anonymous.


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