“They Can Happen at Nouvel” – Catholic Bishop Weighs In On School Shooter Hoax

While Tuesday’s active shooter threat at Saginaw Township’s Nouvel Catholic Central High School was a hoax and no one was injured, the incident is sure to have left some students and staff traumatized.

The incident began at 10:07 a.m. when an unknown person called Saginaw County Central Dispatch and reported two students had been shot. Police arrived within minutes and forced entry into the building. It was quickly determined there was no active thrreat, though they conducted a sweep of the entire building as a precaution.

The Catholic Saginaw Diocesan Chancery Offices, which shares building space with the high school, was also in lockdown following the call.

Police rounded students up into the gymnasium after the incident before they were dismissed for the day. Bishop Robert Gruss of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was there to pray with the students before they left.

Gruss says while the incident may have been a hoax, it showed the school and community they do happen and can happen at Nouvel.

Nouvel Superintendent Cormac Lynn says these types of situations are quite serious.

“To impact an educational environment … to possibly inflict emotional trauma on our students, staff and faculty is not a joke and not something we take lightly.”

Lynn says the school will provide support to students and faculty and thanked law enforcement for their swift response and actions.