Following Oxford School Shooting, Schools Around Metro Detroit Receive False Threats, Close Out of Caution

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OXFORD, December 2, 2021 ~ Following a deadly shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday, school districts across Metro Detroit have reported threats of violence, and more than a dozen districts have cancelled Thursday classes out of caution.

It’s so disturbing and so sad that someone thinks that this is a funny or appropriate response to a real human tragedy,” said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard to 760 WJR’s Paul W. Smith. “We’ve had so many threats, we are overwhelmed. Obviously we are in the midst of huge resource strain to properly handle and investigate this actual tragedy, and now at least six other school districts have had threats of some sort.”

December 2, 2021 ~ Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard checks in with Paul W. to give him the latest on the Oxford High School shooting and he says a deputy has been assigned to each family who lost a child in the tragedy.

To do this in this environment just makes me angry, and I will tell you this: if we find who is responsible for some of these things, we are going to hold them accountable and responsible for these messages. Even if there is nothing credible about the attack, the mere messaging and the mere threatening of it, is a crime.”

Oxford High School has closed for the remainder of the week.

Troy district leaders said classes were cancelled due to a rumored threat on snapchat. Troy Police are currently investigating the claim.

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools started school Thursday as normal, but were dismissed at 9:30 Thursday morning.

The fear and anxiety at the P-CEP campus has caused significant disruption to the learning environment, resulting in this decision to dismiss early,” reads a statement from Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. “If your student rode the bus to school this morning, they will be transported home.”

Sometimes it is difficult to obtain where it came from or if it was serious,” said Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald to Paul W. Smith. “Actually the real difficulty is when you are dealing with an adolescent and determining whether or not they were serious or not. But in light of what recently happened, I think each of us are going to look at it in the light most dangerous, and take those things very seriously.”

December 2, 2021 ~ Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald talks to Paul W. about the case against the Oxford High School shooter and says her office is considering charges against his parents.

As of Thursday, December 2, the following schools are remaining open with increased police presence:

  • Eisenhower High School
  • Fraser Schools
  • Grosse Pointe Public Schools

On December 2, the following schools and districts are closed:

  • American International Academy (Westland, Inkster switched to virtual learning for the remainder of the week)
  • Armada Area Schools
  • Avondale School District
  • Bloomfield Hills School District
  • Bradford Academy
  • Brandon School District
  • Cedar Crest Academy / Early Child Center
  • Clarenceville School District
  • Clarkston Community Schools (closed Thursday and Friday)
  • Clawson Public Schools
  • Clintondale Community Schools
  • Cranbrook Schools
  • DeLaSalle Collegiate High
  • Detroit Catholic Central High
  • Everest Academy
  • Everest Collegiate High
  • Farmington Public Schools (high schools only)
  • FlexTech High School – Novi
  • Hazel Park Schools
  • Holly Area Schools (closed Thursday and Friday)
  • Huron Valley Schools
  • Keys Grace Academy
  • Lake Orion Community Schools
  • Lamphere Public Schools
  • Madison District Public Schools – Oakland
  • Novi Community School District
  • Rochester Community Schools
  • South Lyon Community Schools
  • Troy School District
  • Walled Lake Consolidated School District
  • Warren Consolidated Schools
  • Waterford School District
  • West Bloomfield School District