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Threat forces evacuation of South Lyon High School

For the third time in less than a month, a high school in the South Lyon Community School district has had to deal with a violent threat.

This time it was South Lyon High School which was evacuated and shut down for nearly four hours Thursday after officials say a threat to blow up the school was found in a bathroom around 9:15 a.m.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said students, faculty and staff were evacuated to a safe zone and a room-by-room search was then conducted by deputies and bomb-sniffing police dogs.

After finding nothing, the school was declared safe and classes resumed around 1 p.m.

“I have said time and time again, every threat is a crime whether or not someone intends to  carry it out,” said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. “Every threat will be fully investigated. And, every person who makes any type of threat, we will seek to hold them fully accountable. I cannot  stress enough that parents need to talk to their children.”

On Oct. 25, a message was found in a bathroom at South Lyon High School and on Oct. 4 at South Lyon East High School, a similar threat was made that led officials to close the school.

In that case, a 15-year-old student admitted he had made up an incident in which he claimed a person with a weapon threatened to shoot  students and faculty.

He’s since been charged in juvenile court with threatening to commit violence with a firearm, explosive or other dangerous weapon against students or staff on school property.

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