Shelby High School placed on lockdown following Facebook message.

February 22, 2018

Shelby High School placed on lockdown following Facebook message. 


By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

SHELBY — Shelby High School went into lockdown Thursday morning after a high school student received a Facebook message that was threatening in nature, according to Superintendent Tim Reeves. Reeves contacted district parents about 3 p.m. Thursday via automated message. He said the Facebook message the student received “spoke about a shooting and had ‘SHS’ in the message, possibly meaning Shelby High School.”

The student contacted Principal Fran Schamber and the school then went into lockdown, Reeves said. Michigan State Police and Shelby Police Department then responded to the school.

“Before 11 a.m. law enforcement at the state, county, and local level determined the posting of the perceived threat was not credible and part of a fake posting that went viral. The lockdown was lifted.”

Shelby Police Chief Ryan Furman then held an assembly with the student body and explained what had happened and why the school was placed into lockdown.

“All of our staff at the high school did a great job with responding to the perceived situation, acting with safety in mind and doing so quickly,” Reeves said.

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