Brief Cranbrook lockdown after report of man wearing women’s clothing
April 17, 2007
By EMILIA ASKARI
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Classes at Cranbrook went on as normal this morning after a brief lockdown, triggered by an allegation of a man wearing women’s clothing on the Bloomfield Hills campus.
A mother who was dropping off a student in the parking lot told authorities that she saw a 6-foot-tall man wearing a blonde wig, high heels, a skirt and a black coat.
“She thought it was kind of strange, so she called police,” said Bloomfield Hills Detective Lt. Paul J. Myszenski.
Classrooms were locked for about an hour and a half while police searched the campus. They found nothing suspicious.
“In the wake of what happened yesterday in Virginia, it’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s better to call us than have an oh, whoops,” Myszenski said.
In a news release, the school said, "Cranbrook Schools went into lockdown mode shortly after 8 a.m., when an unidentified person was spotted on the campus of Cranbrook Schools. Cranbrook contacted Bloomfield Hills police and followed its standard lockdown procedures. At 9:20 a.m., the lockdown was lifted and the students are resuming their daily schedules as planned."
Helicopters circled the campus and news media waited outside the campus gates during the search.
Michelle Kim of Birmingham had been waiting outside the Kingswood part of the campus to pick up her daughter since 8:40 a.m. “I was very, very worried about it because of what happened yesterday.”
When asked whether the alleged incident is illegal, Myszenski said no, but, “If you’re a man, you don’t hang around a school dressd as a woman."
“What kind of crime did this person commit? A fashion crime.”
Copyright © 2007 Detroit Free Press Inc.
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