Sheriff Urges Parents to Talk with Kids as Threats Continue to Disrupt Schools

Sheriff Urges Parents to Talk with Kids as Threats Continue to Disrupt Schools

(OCSO, Dec. 15, 2021)

Oxford, MI – Two weeks after an Oxford High School student fatally shot four fellow students and wounded six other students and a teacher, Oakland County Sheriff’s Detectives continue to be inundated with copycat threats that prevent area schools from returning to some semblance of normal.

Sheriff Michael Bouchard said these threats to Oakland County schools are often coming from students. All investigated so far have been unfounded, but they are unsettling for students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community.

He encouraged parents to speak candidly with their children and help them process the tragedy and help ease their anxiety. It continues to be important to share information about potential threats they may see or hear. Students – or anyone – should plan on being arrested and prosecuted if they are caught making threats to harm anyone or anything at a school.

“These threats are often coming from other students who may think it’s funny or a clever way to get out of class,” Bouchard said. “This is not a joke or a harmless prank. No one thinks this is funny. We take this seriously. If you choose such a foolish path and make such a threat, understand that you will be caught and you will be punished. This is not a game.”

Detectives are investigating threats that have been forwarded to Sheriff’s Office substations in Brandon Township, Commerce Township, Highland Township, Orion Township, Oxford Township, Pontiac, Lyon Township and Rochester Hills.

Petitions have been sought in Oakland County Probate Court for at least eight students and dozens more are being investigated. The day after the Nov. 30 Oxford High School incident, a Lake Orion High School sophomore said he would “shoot up” the school if he could get a gun. The student, 15, was arrested at his Orion Township home by Detectives for making a terrorist threat.

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