Social media serves as source of bomb threat scare

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 10, 2014


GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe North was closed for 35 minutes Sept. 9 after a North student using social media allegedly made a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax.

The teen, a senior, faces charges of false report or threat of bomb/harmful device, a four-year felony; and malicious use of telecommunications services, a six-month misdemeanor.

According to his bond conditions, he is not allowed to have contact with Grosse Pointe North High School, he must wear a tether and he cannot use social media.

His next court date was scheduled for Sept. 17 in Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court, which occurred after press time. 

As soon as the administration at North discovered the statement made on social media, the administration contacted the Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety. Police told the administration to clear and close the school at about 7:30 a.m.

After going to the student’s home and taking him into custody, police reportedly were able to ascertain that the threat was a hoax.

The building reopened at 8:05 a.m.

“The building was declared safe by the police, and the building was reopened for school,” Principal Kate Murray said in a statement to the families of North students.

“We appreciate the quick and effective response provided by the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department and their collaboration with school administration,” Murray said. “The safety of your students is our first priority. This sort of hoax is not only disruptive to our students, but impacts all of us on an emotional level. This sort of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”