Michigan schools closed due to threats after Oxford shooting


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Following a deadly shooting at a school at Oxford High School on Tuesday, school districts in the area announced on Wednesday evening their intention to cancel classes on Thursday.

Superintendent Pat Watson of Bloomfield Hills Schools wrote in a 11pm time-stamped note: “In the past hour, BHS and other communities in the area have received numerous reports of threats of violence circulating on social media. Out of prudence. , all BHS schools will be closed on Thursday, December 2, 2021. All extracurricular activities are also canceled. “

The memo, which appeared on the school’s website, read: “The safety and security of our students is our top priority. We are in constant contact with Bloomfield Township Police who take every report or rumor to the seriously. We will contact you tomorrow with any updated information. Please take care of yourself and others. “

School districts that planned to close for at least one day included:

  • Bloomfield Hills School District
  • Holly area schools
  • Rochester Community Schools
  • School District of Troy
  • Warren Consolidated Schools
  • Clarkston Community Schools
  • Lake Orion Community Schools
  • Walled Lake Consolidated Schools
  • Clawson Public Schools

Oakland County has been in the spotlight since the deaths of four Oxford High School students resulted in murder charges against the suspect on Wednesday. Schools in this district are to remain closed the rest of the week.

Law enforcement officials have repeatedly said in press conferences that reports of threats must be made and everything will be taken seriously.

Troy Schools tweeted at 11pm: “Families and TSD staff. Please check your email for an important message. School is canceled tomorrow, Thursday, December 2.”

The Warren Consolidated Schools website said, “WCS is closed tomorrow, Thursday, December 2. All extracurricular and athletic activities are canceled.”

Each school message was slightly different, some longer than others.

All seemed to trigger a first concern among parents on social networks.

The Rochester Community Schools website said:

“As a precaution, Rochester Community Schools will be closed on Thursday, December 2, 2021. There will be no school for all in-person students and the RCS Virtual Campus from Transitional Kindergarten (TK) to Grade 12 , pre-K, Early On, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and Adult Transition Program and Services (ATPS). All evening activities and enrichment programs will also be canceled. RCS Caring Steps Children’s Center will remain open. families will receive an email message with additional information. “

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The Holly Area Schools website said schools would be closed Thursday and Friday. Parents were referred to a letter from Superintendent Scott Roper and ended with “Thank you for understanding”.

Clarkston Community Schools posted on its website plan to close Thursday and Friday. In addition, there will be no evening activities.

“Dozens of indirect threats were reported to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) across the county tonight,” the Clarkston Schools memo reads. “Our district has worked closely with OCSO to investigate every threat with a possible connection to the CCS. At present, none of the threats investigated have been found to be credible. However, the volume of indirect threats in the county makes it impossible for law enforcement to thoroughly investigate every threat. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority, and at this time, we cannot take the risk. We will continue to work with OCSO and we’ll keep you posted. “

Superintendent Ben Kirby wrote to families attending Lake Orion community schools that social media posts about the potential violence triggered the shutdown Thursday.

“Given this week’s events at Oxford Secondary School, the LOCS will be cautious and will close all schools on Thursday, December 2, 2021. There will be no schools for any grade level, including the center early childhood, strive to ensure the safety of our students and staff. While the continued education of our students is important, having a safe learning environment is our top priority. “

In Walled Lake, Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said on the school’s website, “We take all incidents involving the safety of students and staff seriously and value our partnerships with local law enforcement. We ask students, parents and community members to report any suspicious or threatening activity. immediately to law enforcement and / or school / district administration. “

He finished, “Please take care of yourself and others. “

Responses to the news were broadcast on social media well after midnight.

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This story is developing.

Contact Phoebe Wall Howard at 313-618-1034 Where [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @phoebesaid.


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