School locked down after death threats

WYANDOTTE – Josephine Brighton Skills Center was put on lockdown Tuesday after one student allegedly received numerous threatening text messages from another student, police say.

At 9:23 a.m. Tuesday officers arrived at the school and met with a 15-year-old male, who said he had received 38 threatening texts from an 18-year-old student at the school between 9:45 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12:25 a.m. Dec. 12. The messages were sent from a phone belonging to the 18-year-old man’s mother.

Several of the messages indicated the subject would shoot the 15-year-old and “take (his) girl.” The 15-year-old said he had no relationship with the man other than going to the same school he did. The boy said the man likely was jealous of his relationship with his girlfriend.

Police called the lockdown a precautionary measure. Calls to Salvatore Falzone, the school’s program director were not returned by press time.

— Andrea Poteet