MCC board expels student who made bomb threat.

December 17, 2018

Several law enforcement agencies and emergency services personnel were called to the scene on Nov. 30.

MCC board expels student who made bomb threat.

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By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

SCOTTVILLE — The Mason County Central Board of Education voted unanimously tonight to expel an eighth grade boy who made a bomb threat against the middle school in November.

“It was the right decision,” Superintendent Jeff Mount said after the meeting. “As hard as it is to make a decision like this about an individual, we have 1,300 kids and families and staff to consider. That definitely outweighs the individual. Unsafe behavior like this cannot be tolerated and the district must send a message to our public and to our students that it will result in tough consequences.”

The expulsion is for a minimum of 180 days from any public school in the state of Michigan. Following that period, the student’s guardians/parents have the right to request an re-instatement hearing. Mount said the student may still enroll in online courses from state-recognized schools and that academic progress will be considered if a hearing is requested. “The student’s continuing education is the responsibility of  his guardians,” Mount added.

The student made a bomb threat on social media in the evening of Nov. 29. The social media post was discovered by a Ludington Area School District administrator in the morning of Nov. 30. He then informed MCC Schools which immediately went into lock-down through the remainder of the day.

The incident meant the relocation of all the middle school students to another building and also several hours of time from local police, fire and EMS personnel. A Michigan State Police bomb squad from Paw Paw in southern Michigan was called to confirm the threat was a hoax. At the time of the incident Superintendent Jeff Mount said the school would be looking at expulsion and would also be consulting with the Mason County Prosecutor’s Office about criminal charges.

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