Crestwood lockdown caused by parent’s concern for child’s dangerous behavior, alleged possession of weapon

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — A lockdown Feb. 21 at Crestwood High School, 1501 N. Beech Daly Road, was lifted after an investigation by local authorities and school administrators determined there was no threat in the building.

In one of two letters posted on the Crestwood High School website by Director of Student Services Menhem Aouad, “A parent reported to administration their child’s alleged dangerous behaviors and the alleged possession of a weapon. The administration did not receive any direct, credible, actionable threat towards the school to act on.”

Aouad also added that the events were primarily precautionary in nature to ensure the safety, security and orderly operation of the building.

According to the district’s letters, the student in question did not attend school that morning but was located and apprehended in the afternoon. The administration and police conducted a room-to-room search to locate the student, Aouad wrote in one of the letters.

The Dearborn Heights Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies were on site at the school throughout the day. Aouad thanked them for their presence, support and guidance.

In a Facebook post, the Police Department said the school was on lockdown from the school’s principal choosing to do so and that students were not in danger.

All transportation services to the high school were suspended and students attending satellite locations were transported home instead, according to the morning letter by Aouad.

The letter requested students who had not reported to school for first period to remain home and away from the high school.

Following the lockdown, students were dismissed in an orderly fashion by administration, according to the letter.

“First, I would like to recognize the hard work of the Crestwood High School administration, support staff, security and most importantly the exceptional cooperation of the students,” Aouad wrote in the afternoon letter. “I recognized today’s events were stressful on some students and parents. I want to share with the students how proud we are of how hey handled the situation and conducted themselves.”

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)