Tik Tok video leads to removal of Alpena High student from classroom

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ALPENA — An Alpena High School student was removed from a classroom on Friday after school administrators learned the student had allegedly made a Tik Tok video referencing the use of explosives.

The school did not clarify whether the video expressed a threat against the school or individuals.

According to a district press release, the student was immediately removed from class by school officials and law enforcement and taken to a secure location.

The student was then removed from the building pending further investigation.

APS Communications Director Lee Fitzpatrick said Friday the tip was reported directly to APS administration.

APS officials said in the press release they are thankful to the person who made the decision to report the video. Officials also encourage students, parents and community members to continue reporting any suspicious behavior that could be potentially threatening to students, school staff, or buildings.

School officials advise students to talk to a trusted adult or report any suspicious activity anonymously through OK2SAY, a confidential reporting system for students, at 855-565-2729.

“OK2SAY is a very valuable tool, and any way that we can get people to inform us of threats is a good thing,” Fitzpatrick said.

Friday’s threat comes a week after officials removed a student from the high school for allegedly using “threatening language.” Officials did not specify whether the alleged threat involved a weapon.

In December, threats involving guns caused administrators to close the high school and Thunder Bay Junior High School for two days for a police investigation.

No students have been charged related to those threats.

High School students in Hillman also missed instruction hours after a threat was allegedly found written on a school wall in December.

The local incidents are among hundreds of school closures caused by threats since a school shooter at Oxford High School killed four and injured seven in November.


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