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BHS student makes threat, no weapons found

By Lisa Brody

Bloomfield Township Police reported that on Wednesday, October 12, they were made aware of a threatening comment from an East Hills Middle School student which was heard by another student, and after assessing the situation and visiting the student's home, determined there was no immediate threat.

The student is currently out of school and cannot attend any district event, including athletic events, pending completion of the investigation.

East Hills Middle School officials, part of the Bloomfield Hills Schools district, became aware of the potential threat to the school community, located at 2800 Kensington Road in Bloomfield Hills, when another student heard the comments being made by the offending student and immediately reported them to school officials.

The Bloomfield Township Police Department conducted a thorough threat assessment, including a home visit of the student's residence. As part of the investigation a list was discovered which included names of current students at the school with the words “safe,” “annoying,” or “must kill,” next to each of them.

No weapons were found during a search of the residence, and the student told police the list was “a joke.”

Bloomfield Township Police school liaison officers determined there is no immediate threat.

All parties, including the parents of the student, are cooperating in the continuing investigation, reported Bloomfield Township Police Officer Nick Soley.

Soley said the parents of all of the students on the list were notified by police school liaison officers.

“There is no place in our schools for threats of any kind. It is not in line with who we are or what we teach. We applaud when members of our community bring threats forward to the appropriate adults. Together, by reporting an incident of threat or suspicious behavior, we can ensure our schools are a safe and welcoming place for all students, staff, and community members,” said East Hills Middle School Principal Jason Rubel and Assistant Principal Angela Konzen. “Safety remains our first priority and we are committed to thoroughly investigating every report. We will continue to maintain campus safety during our investigation as well as taking appropriate legal and disciplinary action for any threat.”

The case will be presented to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office for review once it is completed.

“The Bloomfield Township Police Department and the Bloomfield Hills School District takes all threats seriously and we will continue to vigorously investigate all reports,” Soley said.

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