Many school districts in downtown Detroit will be closed on Thursday due to threats of further violence following the horrific Oxford High School incident that left four dead.
Bloomfield Hills School District Superintendent Pat Watson wrote in a notice published at 11 p.m. Schools will be closed on Wednesday after "BHS and other communities across the region received numerous reports of threats of violence spread on social media."
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"Due to vigilance, all BHS schools will be closed on Thursday," he said, noting that the district was in contact with Bloomfield township police regarding the rumors.
Holly Area schools have also announced that their schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday "due to vigilance" following "numerous reports of possible intimidation of Holly Area schools posted on social media," Superintendent Scott Roper and Holly police said. Chief Jerry Narsh said in a joint statement.
A joint investigation was launched with the district and the Holly Police Department, which did not produce a “real threat” and considered the threat “unbelievable due to a lack of evidence.”
Other programs to close on Thursday include Troy Schools, Rochester Community Schools, Brandon School District, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools, Lake Orion Community Schools, Clawson Public Schools, Warren Consolidated Schools, Hazel Park Schools, Avondale School District, West Bloomfield School District and Lamphere Schools.
Oxford Community Schools, an Oakland County district where the incident took place, will be closed for a week, officials said in a post on the program's website.
"As we face the horrific tragedy of our school community, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the students who lost their lives and we extend our heartfelt condolences to all those who were injured and affected.
In addition to the four dead, Tuesday's shooting at Oxford High School left seven other people, including teachers, seriously injured.
The suspect was identified as Ethan Crumbley, 15, on Wednesday. He was charged with four counts of burglary, one count of murder, one count of terrorism and one count of death, seven counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and 12 counts of possession of a firearm.
Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald told a news conference Wednesday that the shooting was planned and "not just an act of haste."