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Sixty Michigan schools cancel classes due to copycat shooting threats

Threats of school shootings in Michigan copying the one on Tuesday resulted in dozens of school closures in the state on Thursday and Friday.

Numerous Michigan police departments have reported copycat threats following Tuesday’s Oxford High School shooting, resulting in many of the state’s school districts cancelling classes. Over 80 school districts in Detroit’s metro area cancelled in-person learning alone.

On Thursday, more than 60 schools had closed and by Friday, over 100 school districts had cancelled classes. Some of the closures were in west Michigan, a long way from the Tuesday shooting, “out of an abundance of caution”.

While it is believed that very few of the threats would have materialized, authorities didn’t want to take any chances. “Any and all threats are taken seriously and will be investigated and forwarded to the prosecutor for review,” one sheriff said. 

So far, there has been one arrest made among those who have called in threats. The person arrested, a 17-year old female student, recorded a rap-style threat on her phone, before posting it to social media. She has been charged with one count of false threat of terrorism and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. Additionally, there have been multiple Instagram accounts made pretending to be Tuesday’s shooter in order to promote false information.

Earlier this week, Ethan Crumbley brought his father’s new gun to school with him and began shooting other students, leading to four deaths among students and several injuries in students and teachers. The event was the deadliest school shooting in the US since 2018. He has been charged on several counts, as have his parents.

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: DETROIT NEWS

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