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Southwest Elementary students “Shelter in Place” while threat was investigated

Students at Southwest Elementary School in Howell were kept inside the building Wednesday while a threat was investigated.

The school was placed on shelter in place mode Wednesday after student shared that a family member had made a concerning statement about coming to the school with a crossbow.

According to the district’s spokesman Tom Gould, the shelter in place allowed law enforcement to look into the situation while ensuring student and staff safety. Students were allowed to move inside the building, but remained inside.

Howell Police Chief Scott Mannor tells GIGO News that their School Resource Officer investigated the alleged threat and found it was not credible.  He says they closed out the investigation as unfounded.

The shelter in place was lifted around 2:15 and students were released as normal.


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