Student targeted by Rockford bomb threat suspect talks to FOX 17

Posted at 10:55 PM, Jun 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-17 22:55:26-04

ROCKFORD, Mich. -- The threats came from a Twitter handle called 'Rockford Zodiac' and it was made to look like it came from a Rockford student named Ethan.

Ethan Ogg, a sophomore at Rockford High School, heard about the bomb threats, but never imagined he and his family would land in the middle of the police investigation. It was when a friend of his showed him an alarming tweet containing a threat to kill him.

Ethan and his mom, Anna, spoke to FOX 17 News on Wednesday.

"I was like, holy cow, that wasn't me," Ethan said.  "I went to the office and I said that wasn't me. I had nothing to do with it."

The Twitter handle displayed a doctored profile picture of Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler and a cover photo of the Columbine shooters.

Anna was disturbed by this whole thing. "It's scary they're using his name as a Twitter handle, and the threats were very drastic, very scary threats," she said.

Ethan's name was cleared by school officials and by police. Ethan says he's now put the whole thing behind him.

FOX 17 NEWS confirmed through multiple sources that Rockford Public Schools and police have identified a student suspect who they believe is responsible for a string of bomb threats.

"I don't have anything personal against him," Ethan said.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department has announced a press conference for 10 a.m. Thursday that will include Rockford Police, Rockford Public Schools, the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, and the FBI.