On Wednesday April 18, at approximately 2:45 p.m., the daily bus loading and departure from the school at the end of the day was put on hold for nearly 25 minutes.
“Officials at the school heard noises of unknown origin coming from the area by Walkabout Creek,” said Assistant Superintendent Sean Burton, “and both the sheriff’s office and the school district determined it was in the best interest of student, staff and community safety to proceed as we did.”
It was determined by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s office that the noises were made by fireworks that someone had been setting off in their backyard.
This first incident was followed by another, less than a week later on Tuesday April 24. A district wide lockdown occurred around 2:30 and lasted until approximately 2:50.
“For precautionary reasons and due to the location of the suspected gun shots, the area schools were locked down,” the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s office said in a statement they issued after the incident on Tuesday. “Although no evidence was discovered at the time we do believe that the two incidents are related.”
The second incident was discovered by the sheriff’s department to be the same person firing a gun for target practice. Discharging a firearm is prohibited within village boundaries, so both incidents were against the ordinance.
Police officials say deputies will continue to patrol the area to make sure nothing of this nature continues to happen.