Rockford Schools, local law enforcement search for bomb threat suspect

Posted at 5:51 PM, Oct 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-24 18:32:39-04


ROCKFORD, MICH.-- A West Michigan school district is looking for the person who sent a bomb threat into the superintendent Friday morning.  It happened just after 10:00 a.m. in the Rockford School District.

The anonymous email to Rockford Superintendent Mike Shibler included a threat against each of the district's 13 schools.  Shibler says he immediately called Rockford City Police, the Kent County Sheriff's Department, Michigan State Police and a K-9 unit.

Shibler says he also informed each of the schools' principals. That's when staff searched both inside and outside each of the buildings before police cleared the schools for safety.

A technology specialist went to Shibler's office to begin looking into the email to try and track the suspect.

"Apparently somebody thought that they were going to have a little fun," said Shibler. " I don't look at that as fun. I take it very seriously and that's why we're going to work really hard through the federal agencies to find out who did this."

Shibler says parents were notified through their Family Access system. A message was also posted on the district's website. Students were not informed of the threat.