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AHS and TBJH close over gun threats

ALPENA, Mich. — Two Alpena–area schools will remain closed on Friday.

Alpena Public Schools officials closed the high school and junior high on Thursday. They cited gun–related threats made by two students after class on Wednesday.

In a call to parents Thursday morning, Superintendent David Rabbideau said they made the decision out of abundance of caution. Around 4 PM, Rabbideau extended the closure to allow State Police more time to investigate the threats.

APS Communications Director Lee Fitzpatrick encourages parents to talk to their kids about the consequences of making threats.

“It’s very important for families to discuss the seriousness of this with their children. And to let them know that false reports have very serious penalties. We hope we don’t have any more.”

State police found the students responsible for the threats Thursday morning. Fitzpatrick added that their friends did the right thing by calling the school.

These closures are the latest in a wave of responses to copycat threats following the deadly shooting at oxford high school last week.