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Posted on Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 8:40 a.m.

Security tight at Lincoln High School after threat is reported

By Lee Higgins

Lincoln High School in Augusta Township will remain on a modified lockdown Friday after authorities received an anonymous tip that there might be fighting or shooting at the school.


Lincoln High School

Lincoln Consolidated Schools photo

Two 17-year-old boys who don't attend Lincoln were reportedly looking to retaliate against two 17-year-old students, stemming from a recent fight at a Pittsfield Township restaurant, Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies said. A tip was called into Crimestoppers that there could be fighting or shooting at the school Friday, sheriff's department spokesman Derrick Jackson said.

The four boys have been identified, deputies have interviewed them and are confident that the situation has been addressed, Jackson said. The school has been on a modified lockdown since late Thursday morning.

"We really do believe we've gotten to the bottom of it," he said. No charges have been filed. Jackson said extra deputies will be on hand Friday as a precaution.

Jackson said he wanted to thank the tipster for looking out for the safety of 1,307 students at the school. "There was a credible threat potentially to high school students and they helped avert that."

Ellen Bonter, superintendent of Lincoln Consolidated Schools, said the school notified parents of the threat on Thursday afternoon. She said deputies were quick to respond, ensure the safety of students and identify those involved.

"I'm very pleased that everything worked exactly as it was supposed to," she said.



Sat, Mar 10, 2012 : 3:02 a.m.

What bothers me about this is that it seems all to easy for people who aren't students or faculty to enter the school and roam about freely. From other current and recent LHS students I've spoken to, it's not uncommon for people to show up and easily mix into the lunch crowd or passing time. Why are the doors not being watched everyday? They have signs that say something like "visitors must check in at the office" which is down the hallway and there is nobody around actually watching the doors. It seems to me to be a recipe for disaster.


Sun, Mar 11, 2012 : 12:37 a.m.

thank you paul...dading did you even bother to read?


Sat, Mar 10, 2012 : 4:39 p.m.

Maybe that's why somebody should be watching the doors. I guess you didn't read the entire post.

dading dont delete me bro

Sat, Mar 10, 2012 : 1:01 p.m.

@ obvious, you think a "visitors must report to the office" sign is really going to stop someone with an agenda? "i'm here to sign in, where can i start my rampage?!?" ha

Life in Ypsi

Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 7:48 p.m.

I just checked my email and I received the email last night about this incident. While the kids are lucky and no one was hurt, what if they had been? Parents need to be notified immediately!


Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 7:21 p.m.

My son is a junior at Lincoln High School. I received the first automated call at 3:05pm, three hours after the initial "lock down". Some "lock down", fortunately my son and 3 friends (one of which had a car) walked right out of the school and left. I'm glad of that! He wasn't sitting at the school like a sitting duck, but how were they able to walk out during a "lock down"? The second automated call came at 7pm last night. It indicated that all of the measures taken by the school that day had done what they were supposed to and school on Friday would be "as usual". Boy, sure doesn't sound like a "modified lockdown" is the "usual", nor did the school tell us the threat was actually for TODAY! Thinking ahead, I kept my son home from school today. We were able to get more insight on what was REALLY going on by going to Facebook. Obviously I'm not the only parent who didn't have the "warm fuzzies" over all of this, as the bus stop that usually has 30+ kids only had 6 this morning waiting for the bus. Does it look like we have confidence in Lincoln or the information we received?

Sue Nellen

Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 6:40 p.m.

What are your priorities people? Communication may not have been the best but the system to keep the kids safe WORKED and worked well. I would rather find out 3 days after the fact that Lincoln took a proactive approach to a potential threat than find out minutes after a shooting in the High School. This was a good test of our communications system and yes, it failed in some ways but who cares? It's more important that the system to keep our kids safe DID NOT FAIL. Communications can be fixed. A trajedy cannot. Instead of airing your negative comments online, why don't you try to call Central Office and volunteer to help with communication issues or WHATEVER else the district needs. You can be part of the problem or part of the solution. Good job Lincoln. Thank you for making my kids SAFETY your priority.


Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 6:40 p.m.

I only heard about it from another parent that lives in our sub. And yes, we are signed up for all notifications.


Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 5:58 p.m.

Funny how some people are quick to blindly trust Lincoln Consolidated administration but are not willing to believe the process may be flawed.

Life in Ypsi

Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 5:30 p.m.

No, Lincoln did not notify me what was going on. In fact had I known all of the details that I am just now reading about I would have not sent my child to school today. Way to go Lincoln.


Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 4:06 p.m.

Yea great communication. Except Lincoln is a "campus". My kids are on that "campus" and I didn't hear jack-squat about it. My kid rides a bus with the high school students. Does the school not think that is not important? Just like the MEAPs, they get an epic fail for how this was handled.


Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 5:19 p.m.

So process that.


Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 5:16 p.m.

Like I said, we are registered and usually get messages. We checked with 2 other families - no messages.


Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 5:07 p.m.

My kids are not at the high school either but I got the message. Maybe you should check that you're properly linked up to the system before being critical. Funny how some people are quick to criticize but are not willing to get involved with the process.


Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 4:18 p.m.

We spoke with others - no communication from the school.


Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 4 p.m.

The school did a great job of responding to the tip, being proactive, and notifying parents about the concern using the new system where e-mails are sent. If there is any silver lining to the tragic events that have occurred in other schools and universities over the years then it's the implementation of systems like Lincoln is now using. Hope all schools are doing this. Great job by the school and great job by the Sheriff's Dept.

dading dont delete me bro

Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 3:26 p.m.

another day late... this story broke on facebook yesterday from my reliable fb peeps.

Thinking over here

Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 3:01 p.m.

If it is the same "fight at a local Pittsfield restaurant" II witnessed, it was 10:30 in the morning - what were high-schoolers doing there at that time and so far from Lincoln?? (I have since heard there was PLAN and MME testing going on and the kids go out for a bit - dunno - I did hear someone say "we've only got 7 minutes to get back for 4th hour).


Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 3:08 p.m.

Yes, juniors had MME testing this week. No school on Tuesday, except for juniors. All kids, except juniors, had a late start (11:30 AM) on Wednesday and Thursday.


Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 2:57 p.m.

My nephew was telling me about being on lock down yesterday, sad that it isn't reported till half way through the 2nd school day.


Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 2:23 p.m.

You introduced Derrick Jackson after quoting him. That's a bit confusing.


Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 2:25 p.m.

aaand I see it's been fixed. :)