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December 2, 2018

Bomb threat leads to evacuation at MCC Middle School

SCOTTVILLE — The day was disrupted for Mason County Central students and staff members when a bomb threat was made at the middle school Friday morning.

Central Superintendent Jeff Mount said the threat — eventually determined by authorities not to be credible — was identified on social media, and that the school district was alerted to it early Friday morning.

“Apparently, an Instagram post was made last night and a Ludington Area Schools student took a snapshot and shared that with their high school principal, Dan Mesyar, (Friday) morning,” Mount said. “Mesyar called (Central High School Principal) Jeff Tuka immediately because it was said that it was a MCC student (who made the original post).”

Regarding the student who allegedly made the threat, Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said he could not comment about the consequences that student might face, and that he is not aware of any arrests that have been made in connection to the threat.

“There is a subject that has been identified as a person of interest. It’s a male juvenile,” Cole said. “We’ll let the prosecutors and the juvenile court system figure out what they’re going to do.”

Mesyar confirmed that the potential threat was brought to his attention and that he made MCC administrators aware of the situation.

“Some students came forward and we alerted area schools from there,” Mesyar said.

Responders received the call at 8:38 a.m., and quickly moved to secure the building at 310 W. Beryl St., in Scottville, where the entrance was blocked off and the building was eventually evacuated.

Cole told the Daily News that all students were safe and no injuries were reported shortly after the authorities arrived at the scene.

The building was determined clear of any potential explosives at about 1:45 p.m. after a Michigan State Police bomb-sniffing canine unit swept the area. The unit needed to come from Paw Paw.

Read the full story in Saturday’s Ludington Daily News print and e-Edition.

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