Bomb threat addressed; student suspended

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

SOUTHGATE — Whether a student had the means or intentions of carrying out a bomb threat that was written on an Anderson High School bathroom wall, the consequences were very real. School Supt. William Grusecki said a 10th-grade student is learning a difficult lesson.

“That student is no longer in school,” Grusecki said. “She faces some serious stuff from the school district and the authorities.”

A note written in pencil was discovered on a bathroom stall just before first class at 7:35 a.m. Monday, a message that indicated the building would “blow up,” and included that day’s date.

“When things have a specific date, we take it seriously,” Grusecki said.

However unsettling, Grusecki said he — and most veteran educators — has experienced “too many” of these incidents to panic. The building by policy is in secure mode during school hours, with doors locked and admittance monitored. When the threat was discovered students were kept in their first-period classrooms with the doors locked.

Michigan State Police investigators quickly arrived, swept the building with bomb-sniffing dogs, and the situation was cleared by 9:30 a.m.

School administrators and faculty explained the situation to students on Tuesday, and the student believed responsible was identified. Grusecki said the student was still being questioned by both police and school officials, and any potential motive had not been determined.

“It used to be they’d send everybody home,” Grusecki said. That policy may have, at times, inspired false bomb threats as a prank designed to get out of school, but those days are long gone.

“It’s not a joke,” Grusecki said. “That student is in quite a bit of trouble.”

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)

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