Michigan's Oxford Community Schools announced Monday it would cancel school on Tuesday, closing all of its buildings due to a social media post targeting its middle school.
The school told students' parents in an email that it had received an image from social media that included a specific threat directed at its middle school and canceled class "out of an abundance of caution." The school also notified law enforcement, which is investigating the situation and plans to do a full security check of all buildings, according to WDIV.
"We apologize for this inconvenience and ask for your continued patience and understanding during this challenging time," the email read. "Please talk to your students and remind them that all threats at Oxford Community Schools will be taken seriously, investigated by law enforcement, and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
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An online petition is asking all schools in Oakland County, where a Nov. 30 shooting occurred, to hold class virtually until the growing number of threats aimed at schools in the county are addressed or until after winter break. As of Tuesday morning, the petition has over 10,700 signatures.
Two days after the deadly shooting at Oxford High School, multiple school districts in Michigan canceled classes for the remainder of the week, with many of them citing threats as the driving force behind the cancellations.
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Four students were killed and seven were injured following a Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School. The suspected shooter, Ethan Crumbley, could face life behind bars if convicted of the 24 charges he faces, to which he is pleading not guilty. His parents, who are pleading not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter, are being held in the same facility, with all three on suicide watch.
Crumbley, 15, is being charged as an adult. His next hearing will take place on Jan. 7.