Oxford High School dismissed early due to emailed bomb threat, investigation ongoing

OXFORD, Mich.— Oxford High School entered secure mode and was dismissed early on Monday due to a emailed bomb threat, officials said.

According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, a bomb threat was emailed to the school at 7:05 a.m. on Monday, February 26.

The sheriff’s office did not believe the threat was credible but out of an abundance of caution, added a significant police presence.

The area was checked with explosive detection K9’s and nothing was located, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Out of an abundance of caution, Oxford High School was dismissed at 11 a.m.

Here is the full message that was sent out by the school at 10 a.m.:

Dear Oxford High Schools Community,

At 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February, 26, 2024 Oxford High Schools went into a Secure Protocol due to a threat that has been made from outside of the building. Students and employees are safe and have been asked to stay inside until further notice. Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has informed us no one will be able to enter or exit Oxford High School or the parking lot at this time. We are working with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office as they investigate this matter.

The focus of the threat is outside of the building in the parking lot. Police are on site, and they are investigating cars in Oxford High School’s parking lots. Additional information will be communicated to you as soon as it become available. Please help us cooperate with the investigation, you are asked to avoid this area until further notice. Traffic in and out of the area is restricted.

As a reminder, we have numerous safety layers in place such as weapons detection systems that operate 24/7, an armed security force, a weapons detection dog, and visitor management system to safeguard the school.

Safety is a top priority. We appreciate the quick reporting and continue to encourage our school community to report school safety concerns in a timely manner to law enforcement and school administration.

-Oxford Community Schools

Here is the full message that was sent out by the school as a follow-up:

Dear Oxford Schools Community,

The police investigation has cleared the Oxford High School parking lots and cars. The investigation is still in progress and out of an abundance of caution, we will be dismissing Oxford High School at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 26, 2024.

As the police continue their investigation, additional information will be communicated to you as soon as possible.

The 8th grade Parent Night at this time will be postponed. We will communicate appropriately for all other after school activities.

We understand this could be activating for some and we have arranged for mental health staff to be available. If you or your student needs support, Oxford mental health staff will be available to meet with students at the Oxford Virtual Academy District Learning Center (168 S. Washington St.) from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. In addition, there will also be supports at the All For Oxford Resiliency Center.

– Oxford Community Schools

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