A wave of violent threats have been made against schools in southeast Michigan since the Nov. 30 shooting that killed four students at Oxford High School.
The threats have led to school closures and cancellations, and dozens of students face sanctions, two of them as young as 9 years old.
On Wednesday, Wayne County District Attorney Kym Worthy said his office charged 18 youths this week with crimes related to school threats, and Macomb County Sheriff’s spokesman said deputies had responded to at least 28 threatening calls that day.
School administrators at Oxford High (point 1 on the map) have been criticized for not taking stronger action after disturbing messages from a 15-year-old pupil were discovered. This boy is now charged with the shooting deaths of four of his classmates.
Among the incidents reported since:
• 2/ Wednesday December 1, Armada High School, Armada. A 16-year-old boy reportedly made a post on Snapchat saying Armada “would be next.” Schools in the district were then closed for the rest of the week. When investigators found the suspected culprit, he said he “saw that all the other schools in the area were closed due to threats, and he just wanted a day off,” police said. Michigan State. The teenager was charged with making a false threat, a crime that carries a potential sentence of 20 years.
• 3/ Friday 3 December, Mason Middle School, Waterford. A 13-year-old boy reportedly posted a social media post containing a photo of a gun with the caption “bricklayer better watch out”. He was taken to juvenile detention and faces charges of knowingly making a false threat of terrorism, a potential 20-year felony.
• 4/ Sunday December 5, Wilson Middle School, Wyandotte. A 14-year-old boy allegedly made threats on Snapchat against Wilson Middle School, which he only attended for two weeks in 2019. He now attends an online school and no longer lives in the area. When the suspect was found at a home in Jackson County, west of Ann Arbor, police said, “He admitted to making threats and also admitted to using a picture of an airsoft gun.” just to act tough”. an intentional threat to commit an act of violence against a school, school employees or students, as well as the malicious use of a telecommunications device.
• 5/ Tuesday 7 December: Mason Middle School, Waterford. A 13-year-old boy reportedly posted a picture of a gun on social media with the caption, “Bro mason your next I’m picking you up Tuesday”. He appeared before an Oakland County juvenile adjudicator on Wednesday to hear charges of knowingly making a false terrorism threat. He was sentenced to be detained until his next hearing on December 21.
• 6/ Tuesday, December 7, Romeo High School, Washington Township. A precautionary lockdown saw pupils sequestered in their classrooms from late morning until the end of the day while an undisclosed threat was investigated. Despite being determined not to be credible, school classes have been canceled for the remainder of the week as ‘the leadership team…revisit our school safety procedures’ , said the superintendent.
• 7/ Tuesday, December 7, Walled Lake Central High School, Commerce Charter Township. Containment was instituted after a false report of shootings.
• 8/ Wednesday 8 December, Pierce Middle School, Waterford. An eighth grader allegedly told another student he had a gun and also made “a threatening gesture with his hand, imitating a gun.” The student was taken into juvenile detention pending a hearing on December 9.
• 9/ Wednesday 8 December, Oakside Prep, Waterford. An eighth-grader is accused of making “statements about his plan – ‘if I was a school shooter’ – including the type of weapon as well as the time and place. The student has also made specific gestures mimicking a shooting pistol.He was sent to juvenile detention pending his court appearance on December 9.
• 10/ Wednesday 8 December, Riverside Elementary, Waterford. Two 9-year-old students were “each in possession of a ‘naughty/nice’ list with several names on each, as well as the words ‘alive’ and ‘dead’ on either side of the lists. The two students were transported to police headquarters and then handed over to their parents. Juvenile petitions will be submitted to the Oakland County District Attorney’s office for review and review of charges.
• 11/ Wednesday December 8, Stoney Creek High School, Rochester Hills. A note containing “disturbing language” was discovered in a bathroom. The high school and Hart Middle School were placed in a partial lockdown during which no one could enter or leave the building.
• 12/ Wednesday, December 8, L’Anse Creuse central school, Harrison township. A student allegedly threatened to shoot a classmate he was “frustrated” with, authorities said. He is being held at the Macomb County Juvenile Justice Center and a felony charge of threatening terrorism has been sought from the county attorney.
• 13/ Wednesday, December 8, Dakota High School, Macomb Township. An undisclosed Snapchat message caused a lockdown at Dakota High and three other schools in the Chippewa Valley District. The student who sent the message was not at school at the time, but has since been found.
• 14/ Wednesday 8 December, Anchor Bay. School officials and law enforcement officers investigated social media threats “which were found not to be credible” and were allegedly posted by students in the hope of causing schools to close.
• 15/ Thursday December 9, South Lake High School, St. Clair Shores. A bomb threat against the school has been reported.
Macomb County District Attorney Pete Lucido on Tuesday urged parents to take a closer look at their children’s activities.
“If you broke the law, you have to face the consequences,” he said. “Maybe parents should instill what they should think about.
“My mother, who had eight children, would ask us at the dinner table: ‘How was school today, what did you do today?’ Instead, you have all these kids using electronic devices or tablets, and parents too. Nobody talks to each other. »