■ Rumored Threats. Last weekend, the Shelby Township Police Department (STPD) was made aware of rumored threats conveyed by a Utica High School student against his classmates.
According to a press release by STPD Police Chief Robert Shelide, the incident was reported after concerned families of students became aware of the threat while attending a school drama performance held over the weekend.
“The incident was immediately investigated by our department,” read the statement. “Contact has been made with the student and his parents with appropriate precautions taken to safeguard the safety of the school and students.”
In another statement released, Deputy Chief Mark Coil said the school would see an added police presence the next day. “Parents, students and staff should know that the combined efforts of the school district and this department have addressed this incident,” Coil said.
Utica High School Principal Tom Lietz sent out a letter to all parents of UHS students, saying they are working closely with STPD and that “The student involved will be appropriately disciplined.”
“We appreciate the students and families that reported this information. Please take this opportunity to speak with your son or daughter about the need to notify a responsible adult if they become aware of any concerns regarding safety at school. All reports of threatening behavior are taken seriously,” Lietz said in the letter.
Concerned parents took to the Shelby Township Police Department Facebook page to react to the incident.
“I really appreciate the police presence at the school,” one commenter said.
“Stay safe, wear the vest. People like myself do appreciate the work and sacrifice you do,” said another.
Some were not as happy about the way the situation was dealt with. “The school district is a disgrace in the way they handled this situation… Parents were not notified enough of what was going on.”
Several parents kept their kids out of school at Utica High School, Wiley Elementary (which is across the street from Utica), and neighboring Eppler for the days following the incident. While there has been no suspicious activity since the threats were made, police are still boosting their presence in the area for the foreseeable future out of an abundance of caution.
■ Shelby Police Collect 182 Pounds of Medication – In honor of the National Drug Takeback Initiative, Shelby Police held their own Medication Takeback event last Saturday. Their total haul? 182 pounds of medication!
“That is 182 pounds of meds that might have otherwise been abused or accidentally ingested, both having possibly deadly results,” read a statement on the Shelby Township Police Facebook page. “Thank you for joining us and the DEA in watching out for the very most vulnerable in our community.”
The takeback event also served to raise awareness of the importance of properly disposing unused or expired medication. As Shelby Police noted, there a medication collection box in the Police Department lobby open 24/7.