By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Police arrested a man allegedly involved in a sending threatening emails to Divine Child Catholic High School and to the city of Dearborn Oct. 26.
The emails were received early in the morning by the school’s principal, David Hermann, and through the city’s website which directed the police to “contact Divine Child High School about a school shooting today.”
Police immediately notified Divine Child officials and a coordinated response plan was initiated.
The school went into partial lockdown, as the doors were locked while students continued to attend classes.
Several uniformed police officers were assigned to provide a high visibility presence on the school campus while a criminal investigation was conducted.
“At no time were any students or staff at risk,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “The very visible response by our department was to ensure the safety of our children at Divine Child and the other nearby schools.”
Detectives identified the suspect responsible for the email and determined that the email originated from Lincoln Charter Township, on the southwest side of the state.
At the request of Dearborn police, the Lincoln Charter Township police responded to a residence in the community where it was believed the suspect was located.
Township police made contact with the suspect and took him into custody on unrelated arrest warrants.
The investigation by Dearborn police is ongoing.
The suspect’s identity was withheld pending arraignment, which had not been held as of publication.
“While there is no information to believe that this was anything more than a threat we will spare no resource or effort to ensure the safety of our community,” Haddad said. “We will always err on the side of caution in these situations. I’d like to thank the Lincoln Township Police Department for their assistance in resolving this quickly.”
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)