TAYLOR (WWJ) – No one was hurt but police were called and the Taylor School District was on alert on Wednesday after a man allegedly made threats against the students.
Taylor Police Chief Mary Sclabassi told WWJ Newsradio 950 her department was notified and everything worked as it should.
“He was overheard actually outside one of the school buildings by school district personnel mumbling, apparently, some type of threats towards the schools,” said Sclabassi. “That employee passed the information up the proper channels and that’s what led to us putting everyone on alert.”
Police investigated, and the suspect was taken into custody later in the day.
“All of our schools were secure, as they are everyday, and we increased our patrols,” Sclabassi said. “In the meantime, we were able to identify this individual and he actually turned himself in with no harm being done to anyone.”
The man was arrested on an outstanding warrant in a nearby town and Sclabassi said they’re still trying to figure out exactly what the man was up to and what, if any, charges should be filed in Taylor.
In the meantime, the man will be transferred for prosecution on an unrelated charge.
“We’re still working to ascertain what his motive may or may not have been for these comments, how serious it may have been, so that’s something we’ve got to find out,” Sclabassi said, “but the bottom line is that the system did work and everyone is safe in the schools today.”
The suspect’s name has not been released.