All activities tonight at Northville High School have been canceled after school was closed following a lockdown earlier in the day.
The lockdown was lifted when police found no weapon in the school after several searches. Police said the report of a gun sighting came from an anonymous caller, identifying herself as a parent. She also made mention of a Honda Civic before the phone call was lost.
Police searched 14 Honda Civics belonging to students and teachers and identified one with suspicious materials, Northville Township Public Safety Director John Werth said. Its plates were traced back to Ypsilanti. The car belonged to a student teacher who police questioned. They do not believe she brought any weapons to the school.
"That's who we found and we spoke to. We're confident she does not have a weapon," Werth said.
No weapon has been recovered. No injuries were reported.
“All students are safe,” Werth said.
He said as police investigate the report, they determining whether the initial call was a hoax.
All students are now out of the building. Police will conduct one more search of the building, with teachers taking them through their classrooms, as a precaution.
Many parents rushed to the scene after school officials sent out an email notifying them of the lockdown, which happened after 10 a.m. Parents were directed by police to park at nearby side streets. Six Mile was closed at Sheldon as well as west of the high school between Beck.
During the incident, many students took to Twitter to express their concern as well as try to get more information as well as ask for prayers. One tweet suggested teachers were asking students not to use social media to share the information.
“We all thought it was like a drill,” sophomore Jon Stanis said after school was released.
His friend Anthony Degiorgio said the mood soon changed.
“Teachers were starting to panic because it wasn’t drill,” he said. “We had no idea what was going on.”
In his classroom and throughout the school, teachers turned off all of the lights and instructed students to keep quiet. One teacher handed out gum to keep people focused on remaining quiet, he said. Initially teachers in their classrooms did not allow phone use but later students were permitted to call their parents. Many used their phones to Tweet about the situation.
The ability to have contact with her son was a relief to Northville parent Debbie Harrell, who waited for him at township fire station across the street.
“I talked to him a couple times on the phone,” she said. “I was fairly calm through this whole thing. It seemed like he was calm.”
Sherry Hott didn't have the same experience because her son left his cell phone at home today.
She waited outside the fire station across from the high school about 12:30 p.m., her eyes fixed on the school waiting for her son, a sophomore, to reach her.
“... it was really scary,” she said. “First you hear gun and school and then you think Columbine.”
Township police were assisted at the scene by officials from the City of Northville, Plymouth, Plymouth Township, Livonia, Wayne County Sheriff, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Michigan State Police.
Township trustee Christopher Roosen was on the scene talking to parents and getting updates from police.
“We’re very proud of the professionalism and the teamwork with other agencies,” he said.
Canton Patch editor Peg McNichol contributed to this report.
Editor's note: This story has been corrected from a previous version. Two facts were incorrect. First, police have not located the woman who made the 9-1-1 call which led to the lockdown or her daughter. Also, the student teacher mentioned was not seen with the female student that the caller reported had a gun.