Bomb threat forces evacuation of Mayville Elementary School

Mayville Elementary Bomb Threat 4.5.16
Students are walked by Mayville Fire Department responders the morning of April 5, 2016, after a bomb threat was reportedly made involving Mayville Elementary School. (Photo by Andrew Dietderich)

MAYVILLE — Students at Mayville Elementary School were evacuated this morning just after 10 a.m. due to a bomb threat.

Tuscola County Undersheriff Glen Skrent said a threatening note was left in the bathroom of the school. At least one firefighter on scene confirmed the school had received a bomb threat.

The school is at 106 Orchard St.

Around 10 a.m., students were walked in single-file lines to Mayville High School. Firetrucks had road access to the school blocked off at a set perimeter at intersections providing access to Orchard Street.

Skrent said a dog has gone through the school. The Mayville Fire Department had cleared the scene at about 12:35 p.m.

Mayville Community Schools Superintendent Barry Markwart has not responded to The Advertiser’s request for additional details.

At 1:11 p.m., the district posted the following message to its Facebook page:

“Elementary students have been taken back to the elementary. The building has been cleared of all threats.”

At 3 p.m., the district sent out a press release that said a “written threat” was found in an elementary bathroom.

“The emergency team arrived quickly and proceeded with the protocol of sweeping the building. By approximately 11:45 it was determined that students could return to class as the elementary building was cleared.”

Press release issued by Mayville Community Schools at 3 p.m., April 5, 2016 (Click on image to read)

The press release also says that police continue their investigation and “there will be an increased police presence in and around the school.” (Click on the press release image to view the entire message)

At about 10 a.m., the school district posted on its Facebook page that it was in a “hard lockdown for precautionary reasons.” About an hour later, the district posted that students from the elementary school had been evacuated to the high school auditorium.

The threat came just one day after Mayville Community Schools released a detailed plan for how to handle emergencies and increase safety.

This is the second threat at Mayville Elementary this year, the first coming in January.

Further, on March 24, a 16-year-old student was arrested for allegedly taking a loaded gun and seven knives into Mayville High School.





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