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Michigan shooting: Dozens of schools cancel classes

Multiple school districts in suburbs of the US city of Detroit have kept students at home due to threats of more violence, following the tragic Oxford High School shooting that left four people dead. 

More than 60 local campuses canceled classes on Thursday due to false threats made by people who thought it’d be “funny” or wanted a day off from school, said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

The sheriff said each threat needs to be investigated, costing law enforcement and educational resources.

On Tuesday, three students were killed and eight others were injured in a shooting at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit.

The suspect, a 15-year-old sophomore, is in custody, Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe said at a news conference.

A handgun was also found, he said.

Hana St. Juliana, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17, were killed in the shooting.

Tate Myre, 16, died in a patrol car as deputies were taking him to the hospital, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said late Tuesday.

Sheriff Michael Bouchard said eight others, including a teacher, were seriously wounded and taken to hospitals with various injuries.

Michigan school shooting, more threats prompt multiple districts to cancel  classes

Three of the wounded students were in critical condition late Tuesday night, including a 15-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head and a 14-year-old girl wounded in the neck and chest and who is on a ventilator, Bouchard said.

The shooter fired at least a dozen shots before he was taken into custody.

A joint investigation was launched with the district and the Holly Police Department, which produced “no source for the original threat” and deemed the threat as “not credible due to a lack of evidence.” 

Editing by Omotola Oguneye