Education

No threat to students after middle-schooler's statement raises 'concern,’ official says

Police were at Coolidge Middle School on Friday to interview a student who allegedly said something that “raised some safety concern,” according to Granite City District 9 Superintendent Jim Greenwald.

Greenwald said the statement was reportedly made late in the day Thursday and that another student told school staff about it.

The superintendent declined to say what the statement was specifically, to protect the privacy of the student. He said the student was no longer at school after the meeting with police, parents and school officials on Friday morning.

“It was a very poor choice of words that the student made, and we do not take those things lightly,” Greenwald said.

But he said there is “no imminent threat to anyone.”

“It’s business as usual for the rest of the day,” Greenwald said.

He described the police and district investigations into the alleged student statement as precautions.

“Naturally, when you hear something like this, you have to do an investigation,” Greenwald said.

The district sent a message about it to parents of students at Coolidge and Granite City High School because the campuses are connected.

The message read: “We want to inform you that we are in the process of an investigation of a student matter at Coolidge. The situation is under control, being addressed, and students and staff are safe. You will see a police presence at Coolidge this morning as we conclude our investigation.”

Granite City police could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

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