St. Clair Shores schools receive threats after Oxford High School shooting

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published December 8, 2021

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Students were sent home early from South Lake High School Dec. 2 after the school received a bomb threat, according to St. Clair Shores Police.

Detective Sgt. Eric Bowers said the school received a bomb threat via phone around 11:35 a.m. Dec. 2.

“They went on lockdown, and they evacuated all the students,” he said that afternoon. “We’re treating it as serious, obviously, until we know anything else. It’s still very active.”

St. Clair Shores Police and Fire departments, along with specialized K9 units from Roseville, Hazel Park, Michigan State Police, Homeland Security and Eastpointe, were called in to search for evidence of a bomb. No devices were detected or found, and the investigation is ongoing. Bowers said they could not provide any additional information while the investigation continues.

He said schools across the state had received a rash of threats in the days following a shooting at Oxford High School, where 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley allegedly shot and killed four students, injuring several others. The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office has charged him with one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The St. Clair Shores Police Department also received information from a parent at Lakeview High School about a potential threat circulating on social media, according to a letter sent to parents Dec. 2. Lakeview High School administrators worked with police to provide a safe start to school while investigating the situation. Several students were questioned, and lockers and cars were searched with police present and parents contacted, but the claim was not found to be credible. School officials have reminded school families that a false threat is a crime and the district will seek prosecution to the furthest extent of the law if a student engages in false threats.