School threat worries family

school shootings.jpgFor two days we debated whether to send my son to school on Monday.

Two months ago someone posted that blood will shed June 4 at West Bloomfield High School. That worried my son Brandon so much that he wanted to stay home for school. A number of his classmates wanted to do the same. But if somebody wanted to do carnage why would they telegraph it?

Monday morning I received the assurances that I needed. Our superintendent Gerald Hill sent out an email saying that the school remembered the treat and that they were on top of things. So were the West Bloomfield Police Department and the FBI.

They said they investigated the threat and found it not to be credible. All was safe.


I trusted the authorities and sent my son to school.

My son reported a reassuring police presence, but a number of his class mates did not attend school. I bet it was the safest day of the year to be a Laker.

Last April marked the 10-year anniversary of the deadliest school shooting in American history when 32 people were killed at Virginia Tech. More than a dozen were injured. In the last five years there have been more than 100 mass shootings at schools, including the Parkland High School shooting where an expelled student shot and killed 19 students and faculty a few weeks ago.

I love my son Brandon very much and do not want him shot. I don’t even want to see the horror of him running from school as class mates are shot inside.

No parent wants that.

After Parkland every high school in our area received at least one threat and kids were sent to jail. I lectured my son not to even joke about making a threat.

He looked at me as if I were crazy and said: “I know that. I would never think of doing that.”

I know he would not do something that stupid but part of being a parent is to cover all areas and concerns no matter how far fetched.






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I am a 58 year old retired sports journalist, husband and father of two living outside of Detroit in search of his next big adventure in life.

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