Grosse Pointe North to close Thursday a.m. after threat

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Grosse Pointe Woods — A bomb threat has prompted administrators to close Grosse Pointe North High School on Thursday morning.

An anonymous threat “specifically identifies a bomb being set off at North on Thursday, April 30th at 10:00 a.m.,” Principal Kate Murray said in a notice to parents, students and staff emailed Wednesday night. “Working collaboratively with the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department, various measures including physical searches of the building as well as the use of bomb sniffing dogs will be used throughout the night and into tomorrow morning to ensure the safety of all students and staff at North.”

But since even with those measures “there is no feasible way to search each person entering the building tomorrow morning,” Murray wrote, “the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department has recommended that Grosse Pointe North be closed to students and staff tomorrow morning until we have passed the time noted in the threat.”

The building on Vernier Road is slated to reopen for staff and students at noon; classes resume at 12:24 p.m., the notice said. All afternoon and evening activities, including performances and athletics, were expected to continue as planned.