TRI-CITY AREA — Both Imlay City and Capac school districts canceled classes for Friday, December 3.
In communication to parents on Thursday evening, administrators stressed that neither district had received credible threats of violence but due to recent events, both felt it was prudent to give students and staff a mental health day.
Dozens of districts in southeast Michigan have cancelled classes in recent days in the aftermath of a school shooting in Oxford that resulted in the deaths of four students on Tuesday.
“The intent of cancelling tomorrow is to provide families a chance to reconnect after an emotional week and have some important conversations about school safety. This will give us all a chance to regroup so that we can start fresh on Monday, December 6, when we resume classes,” said Imlay City Supt. Dr. Stu Cameron.
In Capac, Supt. Jeff Terpenning detailed two on-campus incidents that occured Thursday including a student who handed over a round of ammunition to a teacher and the presence of an adult who brought his granddaughter to the school’s playground during the school day. Terpenning said neither instance posed a threat to the school community but obviously were upsetting to those involved.
“Tomorrow is meant to be a day to decompress, gather ourselves, and spend time with your families as you prepare for the upcoming two weeks before our holiday break which begins on December 18th,” Terpenning wrote.
Look for an updated story in the December 8 print edition of the Tri-City Times.