ROCHESTER Hills (WWJ) — A gun scare at an Oakland County high school prompted a lockdown, evacuation and search at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills on Tuesday.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said it was investigating a reported threat to the school at 6755 Sheldon Road shortly before noon Tuesday.
Building officials were locked down shortly before noon by the school principal after a student told a school official that there was another student with a gun and that Another student claimed to have heard a gunshot in the building.
Police responded to the school, setting up a command post, and sheriff’s deputies and Rochester police officers searched and cleared every room in the school to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.
Students and faculty remained in their classrooms until cleared by law enforcement and then evacuated.
“We take every threat seriously and fully investigate them,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a statement. “Nothing has been located that is of credible concern. Contrary to a false media report, no bodies were found and no one was injured. ”
The green light was given following the initial investigation, it is believed that the claims of the two students were unfounded, according to the sheriff’s office who added: “At present, Stoney Creek High School is safe from any threatens.”
School officials said in a 2:15 p.m. update that police have searched and cleared the high school building and “all students and staff are safe.”
School officials said secondary school students were sent back to their 4th hour classrooms. Attendance has been taken, all students have been accounted for and this dismissal would continue as normally scheduled.
As a precaution, the school district has temporarily placed Hart Middle School and the Hugger and North Hill Elementary Schools on lockdown. These buildings also received a green light from law enforcement.
The district said parents should note that transportation may be delayed throughout the district as a result of this incident.
The district said social-emotional wellness teams would be made available at Stoney Creek High School to provide support. Families are encouraged to check their email for additional information and resources.
The investigation is ongoing.