Eastpointe High School locked down on Wednesday after threat made via social media

No evidence of weapons found

Police at the scene of a lockdown at Eastpointe High School on June 7, 2023. (WDIV)

EASTPOINTE, Mich.Eastpointe High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday due to reports of a social media threat, district officials said.

Police were called to the school Wednesday afternoon, June 7, and searched all classrooms and students in the building. School officials said police didn’t find any weapons or evidence of a credible threat.

“Students are currently safely locked down in the building,” a release from Eastpointe Community Schools said. “There is no threat to any other district schools.”

High schoolers and students at the 8th Grade Academy will be dismissed at their usual time Wednesday, district officials said.

Here’s the full 4:30 p.m. update from Eastpointe Community Schools:

At approximately 11:35 a.m., this date, a representative from Eastpointe High School called dispatch and stated that a student had assaulted a teacher. Upon our arrival, the teacher stated that the incident was an accident. At the same time, one of the school attendants stated that a female just called and reported that she had just observed, on Instagram, a video of a male student in one of the men’s bathrooms at the high school with a handgun. The caller stated that the student with the gun was only identified as Demarcus. Seconds later, she indicated that the male student was overtaken by approximately seven other students who removed the weapon from him. It was reported that the group of students were teasing the male because he gave up the gun. There was no student in the school with the name she provided.

All Eastpointe officers immediately responded to the school and requested mutual aid assistance from other jurisdictions. The school was placed on lockdown at approximately 1154am. Officers searched the roof of the school, the exterior of the building, all classrooms, all students, all bags and lockers. There was no weapon recovered and the school was reported secure. At the time of the incident, there were approximately 490 students in the school.

We want to thank the Warren, Saint Clair Shores, Hazel Park, and Roseville police agencies for their assistance. Also, a big thanks to all the teachers, administrators, and students for being so cooperative.

During the search of the school, the Eastpointe Police Department received two separate bomb threats. One threat was at the high school and the other was a local bank in the area. Detectives are investigating if the calls are linked.

Eastpointe Detectives continue to investigate.

Eastpointe Community Schools

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