Tecumseh schools lockdown lifted, suspects in custody

Tecumseh schools lockdown lifted, suspects in custody

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Tecumseh police have two 8th graders in custody for making threats against the school and have lifted a 'soft lockdown' that was in place for the schools.

The Tecumseh school superintendent tells FOX 25 News police notified them around 9:00 a.m. to lockdown down all the schools as they search for two people.

"They told us we were going to be on lock down and so we had to just stay in our classrooms and couldn't open the doors." Said Tecumseh student Brook Johns.

"I was kinda shocked. I didn't think anything would happen at our school," added Katelyn Foreman.

Brook and Katelynn are both students in Tecumseh schools.
Wednesday morning they got quite a surprise.

"At the school bus stop, I guess there was a couple of kids possibly talking about coming to school with a gun and shooting somebody," said Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief JR Kidney.

Tecumseh police announced just before 11:30 AM Wednesday they had a boy in custody for making the threat at a bus stop earlier in the day. According to police two boys were talking about shooting someone at school. Fellow students overheard the conversation and alerted teachers who then notified the school district.

Police say they found a toy gun near a drainage ditch at the school. They say students told them it was put there by one of the boys and it looks like a real gun. 

"It's scary I don't care if it's a toy or if it's real if they bring it to school it's scary and the threat is there," said Kidney.

Police arrested two 8th graders; one outside the middle school. The other walking down a street a few miles away.

"He basically said he's made bad choices in comments he made," said Kidney.

The schools were kept on lockdown as officials searched for the second student. Around 3:00 PM, police said they had him in custody.

School officials sent out an alert to all parents in the district notifying them of the situation, which impacts all schools.

The school says all students are safe and not in danger.

"It's just scary because we have a little town and it's just weird to have a little town have something like that happen," said Brook.

She has a message for the kids behind the threats

"What are you thinking? You have your whole life ahead of you. Don't screw up now."

"It's just scary because we have a little town and it's just weird to have a little town have something like that happen," said Brook.

She has a message for the kids behind the threats

"What are you thinking? You have your whole life ahead of you. Don't screw up now."

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