Columbia Township Police are investigating a bomb threat at Columbia Central Jr/Sr High School. Police say they were notified Tuesday, April 26, at 11:15 am and immediately responded. Upon arriving, officers observed the school’s safety protocol had been deployed. Michigan State Police thoroughly searched the building with a dog trained to detect explosives.
Police Chief Jay Niles said the threat proved to be false. He notes Columbia Township Police Department fully investigates “all threats to the Columbia School District and works with our law enforcement partners at the Michigan State Police and the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.” Further, Chief Niles states “persons or persons responsible may be charged with ‘false report of a threat or threat of a bomb/harmful device.'” The criminal charge carries a maximum penalty of “four years of incarceration and/or $2000; cost to the government responding to false report(s).”
Township Police ask those “who have information on this or any other ongoing investigations regarding threats to the Columbia School District…to contact the Columbia Township Police Department at (517) 592-3122.”
Click here for the news release for Columbia Township Police.
Click here for statement from Columbia Schools.
In December, at the time of the Oxford School shooting, the Jackson County Prosecutor disseminated this statement.