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Mid-Michigan school districts respond to potential threats

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(12/19/12) - The Connecticut school tragedy has several Mid-Michigan districts making tough choices after receiving threats.

Cass City, Millington, and Marlette Schools have all decided to cancel classes this week. Other districts have decided to step up security or go into lockdown.

Two students in the Millington School district have been detained as authorities investigate possible threats made against the high school.

The prosecutor's office says three homes were searched and evidence was seized. School officials say they decided to cancel classes for the rest of the week as a precaution.

Monday afternoon, a Lakeville Community Schools student alerted school officials that another student talked about shooting people at school this Friday.

"We are glad that people are bringing stuff to light and finally speaking up," said parent David Love.

A letter to families says the student who heard this didn't think it was a serious threat at the time, but after the tragedy in Connecticut, decided to report it.

The district removed the student accused of making those comments. Classes are still on for the rest of the week while police continue to investigate, and the Loves agree with that decision.

"The school has taken time out to address the issue so that they're being proactive in that sense, we have to try and keep normalcy in their life," Love said.

However, Marlette Community Schools are taking a different approach. They say a student overheard a few other students talking about guns at school and reported it.

"What the investigation revealed, it was a conversation between students of recent events that are taking place at a nearby district of ours, it wasn't anything specific to Marlette community schools," said Jeriann Patterson, superintendent for Marlette Community Schools.

The superintendent tells us they were talking about a recent threat at Cass City schools, but they're still canceling classes.

"Given everything that's going on across the nation right now we felt it was in everybody's best interests to go ahead and cancel for the rest of the week," Patterson said.

Cass City schools also decided to begin winter break early after receiving possible threats of violence, and Montrose schools are increasing security after a alleged threat, though police investigated and found nothing.

We'll have more on Wednesday's developments coming up on today on First at Four.

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