Thursday afternoon instruction was interrupted by a temporary lockdown at Baraga Area Schools. An adult walked into the building and failed to check in at the office, as required by school policy. The person was not armed, but refused to leave when confronted by staff. Eventually, Principal Lori Wisniewski was able to escort the individual outside where police were waiting to make an arrest. The district says law enforcement responded within minutes.
Classes resumed as normal before the end of the day. Keweenaw Report spoke with Superintendent Richard Sarau late Thursday afternoon. The person at the center of the incident was transported to jail. She is most likely in her thirties, but unknown to staff at the school. It is not clear if she has children enrolled in the district. The situation never became violent, everyone is safe, and Sarau says he is extremely proud of how staff and students handled the interruption. He says that many of the steps taken were out of an abundance of caution following the deadly shooting that occurred at Oxford High School last month, roughly 50 miles north of Detroit.
You can read the letter sent out by Baraga Area Schools here.