updated: Dexter schools put on lockdown after reports of shots fired
- Update: Police: Shots fired at secluded area used for target practice source of Dexter schools lockdowns
All Dexter schools buildings were on lockdown for a short time Tuesday after the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office received reports of shots being fired in the vicinity of Walkabout Creek Apartments.
The Walkabout Creek complex is off Baker and Dan Hoey roads. It is closest to Creekside Intermediate School and Bates Elementary School, however all buildings in the district were locked down sometime before 3 p.m.
"Because we are only a jog away from any of the buildings in that area, we shut every one down to err on the side of caution," said Superintendent Mary Marshall. "The district's team did a fabulous job mobilizing."
Marshall said the schools were notified about the possible gun shots from the Sheriff's Office. She said officers told her they have some good leads they are following up on and as soon as they can give the schools more information, they will.
As of 3:10 p.m., Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derrick Jackson said the lockdown had been lifted and buses were moving again. Marshall said the schools only dismissed 4 minutes late.
Last Wednesday, a similar report of possible gun shots in the same general area was made. The report affected Dexter's Wylie Elementary School. Firecrackers ignited near the Dexter Community Schools' central bus hub were thought to be the cause for alarm in that instance.
Last Wednesday, buses did not get rolling again until about 3:40 p.m., district officials said, causing children to be 20 to 25 minutes late getting home.