By Pat Maurer
A Harrison man was arrested September 29 after he threatened staff at Harrison High School.
Raymond Dale Carlton was arrested that Thursday morning and charged with malicious use of a telecommunication device and disorderly conduct.
According to a release from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department, Carlton was upset over disciplinary actions taken by the high school after an altercation between his son and another student. In a call to the school around 10:45 a.m., Carlton allegedly made threats and said he was coming to the school to “handle things himself.”
Both Harrison High School and Harrison Middle School were put into a “secure mode” until the situation could be resolved.
During a secure mode, doors are locked and no one allowed to enter or leave the buildings. Classes continue as usual. A more serious “lock down mode” involves locking doors to prevent entry or exit and moving everyone to a secure area away from doors or windows.
When the student’s parents arrived a short time later, they were met by the high school principal and school liaison officer. According to the CCSC release, Carlton “became outraged, began using vulgar language and disturbed students in class,” leading to his arrest.
He was lodged at the Clare County Jail.
Carlton was arraigned September 30th in 80th District Court and charged with the malicious use of a telecommunication device, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine; and with disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.
Bond was set at $1,000/ten percent and was posted September 30th. A pretrial conference hearing has been set for September 19th at 1 p.m.
The Clare County Sheriff’s Department, Clare City Police and Michigan State Police met with local schools earlier and developed a “zero tolerance policy” to handle threats to a student or faculty member of the school.
Sheriff John Wilson said, “Citizens of the community need to understand if you have an issue that involves the schools, there are procedures to resolve this and coming to the school during hours of operation and causing a disturbance that interrupts the educational process will not be tolerated.”