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No gun found, but tension high at Saginaw County school

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(01/15/14) - Across the country, there have been two high profile shootings at a school and a movie theater this week.

Those incidents are in the mind of police as they respond to reports of a possible weapon in a Saginaw County school.

A call came into the North Saginaw Charter School in Kochville Township, Wednesday, claiming a student had a gun in the school.

No gun was found in the school, but investigators expanded their search to other areas where a weapon may have been stashed.

Was it a legitimate threat? Did the person really think the student had a gun? Or was it a case of someone trying to get the student in trouble?

That's what investigators are trying to figure out.

Just after 1 p.m., several Saginaw County Sheriff's Department investigators were inside the North Saginaw Charter Academy, just north of the busy Bay and Tittabawassee shopping district in Kochville Township.    
Investigators say a  female called the school saying a specific student, who they believe is in the sixth or seventh grade, had a gun inside the school.  
Police responded, found the student in question, and interviewed the student a number of times.   

Other students were questioned and the school building was searched.  

No gun was found, but during the interviews with the students, police say at least one claimed that a gun was stashed in bushes outside a theater. The two nearby theaters were searched by police and no gun was found.

Tom Mynsberge of Critical Incident Management consulted investigators on the threat.

"I know the sheriff department checked and investigated every lead. I think they checked all the locations they could and verified there was no weapon at large," Mynsberge said.

The incident happened a day after a school shooting in Roswell, New Mexico where two students were injured when they were shot by a seventh grader. Mynsberge is not sure if the threat here was a type of copycat act.

"That's a consideration with it, although it would have been quick to formulate a plan, but nonetheless, I guess for terrorism, we have to stay on top of things all the time and make sure we are prepared to respond to them," he said.

The school management told us they would have no comment on Wednesday's incident.

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