Police investigate threat at high school

Published 11:25 am Monday, November 16, 2015

A 16-year-old student at Dowagiac Union High School was questioned by police Thursday afternoon after classmates reported that he had talked about bringing a firearm to school with him.

According to Director of Public Safety Steve Grinnewald, officers with the Dowagiac Police Department received a call from the high school around 1 p.m., after a group of students told the front office a classmate had mentioned bringing a gun to school during a conversation in class earlier that day. After arriving at the building, authorities immediately isolated the student in question.

Police questioned both the 16-year-old and his mother at the school, as well as several students involved in the conversation. It was determined the student did not pose a threat to his classmates, and that he did not have a firearm with him at school nor did he have one at his home.

The boy was released back to the custody of his parent following the interview, which concluded after the end of classes for the day, Grinnewald said.

The police chief said that both the student and his mother were cooperative and forthcoming while being questioned by the officers.

The department has submitted the case to the county prosecutor’s office, which will decide as to whether or not pursue further action into the matter, Grinnewald said.

The school district is also considering action on the matter, per the policies laid out in the student handbook, said Union Schools Superintendent Paul Hartsig.