Ann Arbor Public Schools will be closed on Friday over possible violent threats

ANN ARBOR – Ann Arbor public schools announced Thursday evening that they would be closing all school buildings and canceling all after-school activities on Friday after numerous reports of threats of violence.

The district said it was acting out of caution against threats posted on social media mentioning Ann Arbor and other schools in the area.

“While these contributions have not currently been deemed credible, the volume is quite high,” AAPS Superintendent Jeanice Swift wrote in an email to the school community. “School closings will allow school administrators and law enforcement agencies to investigate any reported concerns. It will also allow us to reset our AAPS learning environments, which today have been heavily impacted by rumors and concerns related to social media chatter. “

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AAPS is one of many metro Detroit areas that closed their schools on Friday following the Tuesday shooting at Oxford High School that killed four students and injured several others.

Swift said the district is working with the Ann Arbor Police Department, the University of Michigan’s Department of Public Safety and Security, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, and others to coordinate “real-time security support” for local schools, added That the FBI and Michigan State Police are actively monitoring social media threats.

Swift also asked parents to discuss the severity of threats with their children online.

“Law enforcement and school leaders will investigate any threat and take whatever measures are necessary to protect our students and the community, including prosecuting those responsible,” she wrote.

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She encouraged parents and students to share their concerns with school staff and reminded the community that the district’s OK2SAY anonymous reporting tool is available 24/7.

Reports to law enforcement agencies and the district can be made by SMS 652729 (OK2SAY), by phone at 855-5OK-2SAY, or by email at [email protected]

Swift said the district looks forward to welcoming students back to class on Monday.

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