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Posted on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 7:49 p.m.

Security increased after bomb threat at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor

By Paula Gardner

A bomb threat found at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor has school officials telling students and parents to expect heightened security on Friday.

The threat was found Tuesday in the boys bathroom on the 2nd floor of the school, according to the note that was sent to parents shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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Skyline High School file photo

"The threat states, 'I have a bomb Friday, I swear'," the note said. "No specific time was stated."

Ann Arbor Police searched the building near M-14 and North Maple on both Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Principal Sulura W. Jackson.

In addition, bomb-detecting dogs will search the building Friday. Entry to the school will be limited to the main door, and backpacks will be searched by district staff.

Restroom access may be limited, Jackson said in the letter, and students will not be allowed to leave classes without a pass.

"While we understand this is an inconvenience, it is important for students to understand how seriously we take this situation," Jackson wrote.

Jackson also indicated that the district is seeking information about the person who wrote the note.

She wrote: "This type of threat not only disrupts our ability to fully serve our students but it creates an ongoing atmosphere of uncertainty in our school community. A full investigation will be done to try and determine who wrote the message. If it is determined who wrote this threat they will be dealt with under the district’s disciplinary policies and the law. This type of threat is not tolerated. The Skyline community should be a safe place for our students and staff."

The school will be closed for records day on Thursday.

Similar precautions were taken at Forsythe Middle School after a bomb threat there in February.

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Stefan Hanosh

Thu, Mar 15, 2012 : 1:02 p.m.

I agree obviouscomment. I went to Forsythe for 8th grade and there were a lot of bomb threats that year. I'm glad the school took action with all these threats, but they were all pranks/excuses to skip school. It seems like this prankster from Forsythe (if there is only one) has come to Skyline. I'm glad that Skyline is taking affirmative action, but I highly doubt that there will be a bomb.

AAPS Student

Thu, Mar 15, 2012 : 1:09 a.m.

Who would post a bomb threat? (I go to Skyline so I get the emails) I understand that searching backpacks is necessary- this is just like what happened recently, how one kid brought a gun to school and shot 3 kids. He is on trial now and probably will be convicted to a life sentence in jail. Why all of a sudden are these things happening?!?!?!


Thu, Mar 15, 2012 : 1:07 p.m.

I'm sorry, AAPS Student. Unfortunately this isn't anything new. What makes these events even worse is how quickly the public seems to forget these tragedies. These are such difficult issues and events to talk about, but maybe the schools need to facilitate more discussion about the seriousness of these threats and the tragedies in our past.


Thu, Mar 15, 2012 : 1:41 a.m.

Sorry to burst your bubble but these things are not at all new. While it is important for the schools to take every threat seriously, most likely this is just a prank or a student hoping to get school cancelled and have a long weekend. Threats like this have been happening on a regular basis probably since before you were born and the Ohio shooting is not the first. As to why? Most of it probably has to do with the way the majority of teenagers treat one another.