Bomb threat via Snapchat made at OJ DeJonge Middle School

May 9, 2024

The FBI was informed of the threat directly by Snapchat which relayed the message to local law enforcement.

LUDINGTON — A bomb threat was made via the social media app, SnapChat, at OJ DeJonge Middle School Wednesday evening, May 8, according to a joint press release from the Ludington Police Department and Ludington Area Schools.

“The Ludington Police Department was made aware of a vague threat against OJ DeJonge Middle School during the evening of May 8, 2024,” states the press release. “The threat was made via the social media app, Snapchat. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) was informed of this threat directly by Snapchat who relayed this message to local law enforcement. The Ludington Police Department immediately informed OJ DeJonge Middle School administration, and a thorough investigation has taken place.

“Through the investigation, the police department has identified the source of the threat. The police department and school district collaborated with Lake Michigan Carferry to use their explosive-detection canine unit to check the building. During the inspection, no threats to the safety of the school were found. Both the school district and the Ludington Police Department are extremely grateful for the Lake Michigan Carferry to allow for us to use their canines to ensure the safety of our students and community. Based on the police investigation and search of the school building, it has been determined that there is no credible threat to the safety of our school community. The Ludington Police Department’s investigation is ongoing, and the incident will be referred to the Mason County Prosecutor’s Office for review. Social media threats will continue to be treated seriously by both the school and local law enforcement. Making threats of this nature can result in serious consequences with law enforcement, up to and including felony criminal charges.”


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