Local school receives mistaken active shooter alert.

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EATON RAPIDS (WILX) - What was meant to be a demonstration of an emergency alert system caused a scare in the Eaton Rapids school system Wednesday morning.

Superintendent Bill DeFrance tells News 10 that the Eaton Rapids Police chief was at the middle school showing the school's principal how the RAVE emergency alert system works. This was a test.

The first text message sent out around 9 a.m. said there was an active shooter at the middle school. A second text message was sent soon after, indicating the incident was being handled. A third text then said this was a test.

Many of the faculty members throughout the district, who already have the RAVE alert system app installed on their phones, immediately reacted to the the first message, They began initiating safety procedures.

The three messages were sent within about one minute, according to DeFrance.

The superintendent tells us there was brief chaos and confusion.

News 10 is investigating the incident and will be speaking with the superintendent and parents about what happened. Watch News 10 at 11 P.M. for an update.