(09/04/12) - For most students across Mid-Michigan, Tuesday marked the first day of school.
In Grand Blanc, the tension was a bit high - thanks in part to a bomb threat that surfaced late last week.
Police and canine units were sweeping the grounds at Grand Blanc High School around 4:20 Tuesday morning, all in response to a bomb threat made last week, targeting Tuesday - the first day of classes.
"The check at the high school campuses - both east and west high schools - were negative with any suspicious activities or explosives found," said Grand Blanc Township Police chief David Stamm.
That announcement came at an early morning press conference. A search at both GB East and West Middle Schools found nothing as well. Police say the threat was sent to an old district e-mail account that hadn't been used in 10 years. The message was discovered last Tuesday.
"We do not know who it is. We have traced the source of the IP address, but at this point, we have not identified the person who has sent the e-mail," said Grand Blanc Police chief Steve Solomon.
That IP address led police to what they're calling a "local home". Two computers have been confiscated, and the residents are cooperating with the investigation. The district made plans to heighten security throughout the day.
"We've done everything that we know to do to ensure the safety of students entrusted to us, and we will continue to do that," said Dr. Norman Abdella, Grand Blanc School superintendent.
Students walking into the high school were just glad their school had been thoroughly searched.
"Yeah, it's definitely a relief. It's just definitely a joke," said student Tori Koszegi.
"It put a little more stress on than what is supposed to be for the first day of school, but you just have to go through without thinking about it," said student Devon O'Brien.
At East Middle School, parents dropping off their kids were relaxed, yet cautious.
"I will be going in with her, just to comfort her, and to know that everything is alright," said parent Lamar Lee.
While concern did begin to fade late in the morning, for safety reasons, students at Grand East Middle School were still kept inside for lunch and gym class.
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