There is no immediate threat. That’s the statement from the St. Joseph Department of Public Safety regarding information that was received by officers about a possible threat at St. Joseph High School.
Officers received the information on Monday, Feb. 19 and interviewed all the people involved.
The Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted and at this time there are no charges being sought but the investigation is ongoing.
Superintendent Ann Cardon issued the following release to parents and staff regarding the threat:
Dear Parents and Staff,
Earlier this evening we received a call from the police stating that they received a report from a concerned parent that one of our students made a threatening statement. We have been working collaboratively with the police throughout the evening, and as they have been interviewing kids, they do not believe it is a credible threat. I just spoke with Brian Uridge, St. Joseph Public Safety Director, and he said, “At this time there is no immediate danger to students and it appears to be a miscommunication based on overheard conversations and posts on social media. We are currently interviewing multiple people and will update as we learn more.”
However, in light of what occurred last week I can certainly understand that many of you have a tremendously heightened sense of concern. We will have a visible police presence at the high school tomorrow and plan to operate as normal.
We hold the safety and security of your children as our number one priority and feel confident that we can open our doors; however, as always, whether you send your child to school is your decision and we will respect your decision.
Ann Cardon, Superintendent