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Gaylord High School shooting threat not creditable

Police say a school shooting threat last week at Gaylord High School has been deemed not creditable.

After a threatening message was sent through the popular social media app Snapchat and circulated through Gaylord High School, students submitted tips to the “Okay to Say” anonymous tip line.

"We take all those serious and we investigate those. And in this case, we've disseminated to all law enforcement, the area, and the City of Gaylord, the Sheriff's office and ourselves," said Lt. Derrick Carroll, public information officer with the Michigan State Police.

Otsego County Sherriff’s Deputies and the State Police combined resources to try and locate the person who sent the message.

Law enforcement determined the student’s Snapchat account had been hacked by a 23-year-old male from Gaylord to get the student in trouble.

"Through our search warrants enabled us to track the device. One of our troopers actually made contact with the person responsible and conducted the interview," said Carroll.

A report has been forwarded to the Otsego County Prosecutor’s office for further review.

Rick Brewer has been news director at WCMU since February 2024.