Forsythe bomb threat proves unfounded; security efforts delay start of school briefly
Precautions taken to ensure the safety of students at Forsythe Middle School Tuesday were enacted without a hitch.
The extra steps were put in place after a bomb threat mentioning Feb. 14 was discovered on a bathroom wall.
Nothing was found when police bomb-sniffing dogs patrolled the building Monday night or when staff searched students’ backpacks as they entered the school Tuesday morning, said district spokeswoman Liz Margolis.
School administrators reported there was about a five-minute delay getting children to class due to the searches, Margolis said.
“The report now is that the day has been going well,” she said.
Randy Trent, Ann Arbor Public Schools executive director of physical properties, arrived early this morning with his staff to set up tables and to assist with searching students, Margolis said.
Forsythe office staff reported there were 108 absences today. However, staff also said there is no way to know whether that is normal or higher than normal due to how absences are tracked.
Margolis said Janet Schwamb, the principal a Forsythe, thought a few absences could be attributed to the bomb threat.
Schwamb told Margolis most of the extra absences appeared to be in the sixth grade since those students are new to the school and have never been through something like a bomb threat before.
“But generally, (Schwamb) said the students came to school and handled it quite well,” Margolis said.