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Bomb threat at OHS

Police presence, backpack ban for June 17

June 16, 2010 - A bomb threat stating Oxford High School will be blown up on Thursday, June 17 has officials taking numerous precautions even though it is "considered to be low level," according to information provided by Principal Mike Schweig.

Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff's Department will be present at OHS during the school day June 17 as classes and exams will continue as scheduled.

No backpacks will be allowed inside the school and any purses or bags will be searched.

Students will only be able to enter the building via the south parking lot doors or the north parking lot doors by the main office.

"We have been investigating several threatening type of messages over the last few days, which have been written in the girls restroom," wrote OHS Principal Mike Schweig in June 16 e-mail to this reporter. "We are not releasing much information as we have reported it to the police and it is an open investigation."

Schweig indicated the first message was "not very specific and vague," however it was reported to the sheriff's department for investigation. Another message was found a few days later "referencing blowing things on the 17th," but Schweig wrote again, there were no specifics.

A third message was found stating the school will be blown up June 17, but this time it was signed with a student's name.

"We interviewed the student and upon further investigation determined that this was a prank," Schweig wrote.

On June 15, school officials received a report of another threatening message written in the girls restroom, but upon investigating it, none was found.

As a result of the threats, OHS teachers were asked to read the following message to their classes on Wednesday, June 16 -- "Making a false bomb threat is a felony offense and any person found to have made such a threat will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Also, we are offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person found guilty of this crime."

"We will continue to work with the police on these issues and take all necessary measures to assure the safety of our students and staff," Schweig wrote.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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