Harper Woods lunch lady charged with making bomb threat

By: Mike Koury | Advertiser Times | Published March 18, 2016

 Ebony M. Holloway

Ebony M. Holloway

HARPER WOODS — A 28-year-old Harper Woods School District employee has been charged with making a false report of a bomb threat.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Ebony M. Holloway allegedly called and made a phone threat to blow up Harper Woods High School, 20225 Beaconsfield St., around 10:56 a.m. Monday, March 7. After the call was made, the Harper Woods Police Department started an investigation that led to identifying Holloway as a suspect.

The Police Department declined to give information on the case pending the ongoing investigation.

Holloway was a lunch assistant at the district’s Beacon Elementary School at the time of the incident.

Harper Woods School District Superintendent Todd Biederwolf said schools have a responsibility to keep the students, staff and guests safe.

“We invest a lot of time in training and practice should such an event arise,” he said. “We have a protocol in place and to immediately activate an appropriate response. Once you kind of get past that initial shock of realizing that the individual who was alleged to do this was a school employee, then I think the rest of the story, frankly, is very positive through the lens that our safety protocols worked very, very well.

“We got tremendous support in partnership from the Harper Woods Police Department, and in a very short period of time, we were able to identify the location from which these calls originated, have police respond to that location, and have the police identify the individual whom it is they believe engaged in these behaviors, as well as verify, in fact, there was no legitimate threat.”

Holloway underwent a probable cause conference March 16 at the 32-A District Court in Harper Woods, where she waived a preliminary examination scheduled for March 23. The case now has moved to the 3rd Circuit Court, with an arraignment on information scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 30.

Holloway’s attorney, Isa Mutata Kasoga, said the case still is in the early stages and he is gathering all the facts to determine their next step.

“Ms. Holloway, at this time, is presumed innocent,” he said. “As I do with all my cases, I’ll vigorously defend her rights and her interests, and we’ll see how things shake up.”

Personal bond was set at $25,000, and the condition that she not set foot on any Harper Woods School District property was continued. A personal bond is an agreement that the accused can be released from jail without paying any money, but the amount of money is what the defendant would have to pay if he or she failed to show up for court.