ISHPEMING — The Aspen Ridge Middle School was put on lockdown at approximately 7:26 Monday evening after staff found a suspicious note which turned out to be part of a school project.
One of the Aspen Ridge night time staff found a piece of paper in a classroom that read “RIP, those who died in this bombing” written on it. Deputies from the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office responded to the situation at the school in Ishpeming Township promptly after.
“We take school safety very seriously, so we do have protocols in place if something goes wrong,” said NICE Community School District Superintendent Bryan DeAugustine, “one of the big things we learned and I think went very well is that our staff didn’t hesitate, they were very decisive, they went through all the protocols exactly as we would expect them to and called the police. The police were very great to work with and the situation turned out safe and sound which is very important.”
No students were present at the school. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the note was from a student group video project about the Boston Marathon bombing and trial earlier in the day.
An explosive detection K–9 was brought in from the Marquette City Police Department as a precautionary measure. After a room–to–room search, no suspicious items were detected, and the lockdown was terminated at 9:30 p.m.