Northern Michigan Police, Superintendents Discuss Dangers of Online Threats

The threats of violence across the country this weekend, including the one made in northern Michigan all followed a common theme: they were posted online or on social media. They were also quickly caught by police because someone spoke up when they saw them. Shepherd Police Chief Luke Sawyer says that’s a crucial part of making sure these threats don’t go any further.

“With the evil in our world right now if we’re not looking out for our neighbors right now, whether they’re on the east coast and we’re on the west coast or whether it’s a different state or community, as police officers we’d rather get the heads up, find out in the end that maybe it was nothing but that allows us to investigate it,” said Sawyer.

Sawyer says it doesn’t matter how a threat is made, police have to take it seriously.

‘A threat is a threat regardless of the method of delivery, it happens and so if we can look into those things and get some kind of resolution to it. If someone sees something locally and they contact their local department and we reach out to a department in a different state that’s okay too,” said Sawyer.

Social media threats are also something schools find themselves dealing with much more than they did in the past.

“You know there’s the old saying if you see something say something, if you hear something say something, I remember my parents telling me that, Roger if something doesn’t seem right tell your favorite teacher. We try to live that model here and more and more people have to live that motto in life in general,” said Morley Stanwood Superintendent Roger Cole.