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Authorities Investigate, Clear Reported Shooting Threat At West High

By Beth Milligan | Nov. 16, 2019

Authorities investigated and cleared a reported shooting threat at Traverse City West Senior High Friday, with deputies patrolling the school for the day as a precautionary measure.

Michigan State Police passed along multiple tips received through the OK2Say tip line about a West student who had referenced a recent school shooting in California in a social media post. The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office evaluated the situation and "determined the threat to West to be low level and not credible," according to an email that went out to West parents Friday. "As a precaution, Sheriff’s deputies patrolled the area and were at the school in the morning and throughout the day today to ensure students and staff remained safe at all times and to monitor for any unusual activity."

The high school encouraged anyone with "information or concerns about possible threats to schools to continue to contact the school, local law enforcement, or OK2Say. It takes a community to keep our schools safe. We appreciate that our students and community continues to reach out via Ok2Say or other school channels when they see something or hear something that could be unsafe."

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