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Atlanta school goes on lockdown

December 18, 2012
Emily Siegmon - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ATLANTA - Atlanta Community Schools is currently on lockdown, and Superintendent Don Haskin Jr. said it will remain on lockdown for the safety of all students for at least rest of the school week.

The Montmorency County Sheriff Department recommended Atlanta and all Montmorency schools take appropriate measures to secure safety, after receiving a call at 12:40 p.m. on Monday, regarding the Atlanta school district.

"Atlanta Community Schools called us because they received a call from a local establishment," Undersheriff Brian Crane said. "The concerned caller advised the school that a male subject was in the establishment asking general or what was thought to be suspicious, uncomfortable questions about the school."

Crane said some of the questions included the location of the school, the population of the school, and other general questions. However, no direct threats were observed by witnesses at the establishment, but deputies from the Montmorency County Sheriff's Office immediately responded and the school was in full lockdown.

"Deputies evaluated the perimeter of the building upon arrival and conducted a full search of the school, but nothing was found after scanning. There weren't any threats after searching the entire building," Crane said.

However, a recommendation was made to Atlanta and the other schools within Montmorency County - Lewsiton and Hillman- to take appropriate security and safety measures.

"We made calls to Hillman and Lewiston too, and Atlanta remained on soft lockdown," Crane said.

After further investigation, deputies provided information that led to the identification of the subject of concern, who is an Ossineke resident. At the request of deputies, Michigan State Police troopers from the Alpena post made multiple attempts to contact the person at his listed address, contact was made Tuesday morning.

"After multiple interviews troopers felt he was not a threat. They searched his house and interviewed the subject who was very upset that his questioning caused chaos," Crane said. "It was determined that the subject did not appear to be a threat to the school."

Superintendent Don Haskin Jr. said he may have been overly cautious, but is not willing to take any chances.

"We'll be on lockdown all week, no one will enter the school unless the door is opened for them. We will pick and choose who comes in, and we'll know everyone," Haskin said. "However, everything is still going on. We're not going to let this dictate our lives, but you can never be too safe."

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