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Clawson Student Arrested Over Threat To Bring Gun To School

The incident triggered a district-wide lockdown

April 17, 2019 - 1:55 pm

CLAWSON (WWJ) - An Oakland County teen has been arrested for making a gun threat targeting his school.

The investigation unfolded Wednesday morning, according to Clawson police, when several students at Clawson High School reported they'd  received a threat via the social media app Snapchat. 

Police Chief Scott Sarvello said the threat, written by a current student who was not currently in school, indicated that he "would come to Clawson with his gun." 

Clawson Superintendent Tim Wilson immediately issued a district-wide lockdown and contacted Clawson police to investigate.

The student was identified quickly, located by police in Auburn Hills and taken into custody without incident. 

"He admitted to them he posted it and said that it was lyrics to a song," Sarvello said. "We have not been able to find any song that says 'I'm going to come to Clawson with my gun.'"

Sarvello said the teen told investigators he does not have a gun, and no weapon was found. Regardless, police will be seeking charges.

"Even if it was a song lyric, threatening song lyric, (it's) not appropriate for social media," the chief said. "Especially coming up on the 20-year anniversary of Columbine."

While no one was hurt, Clawson resident Samantha Hanser-Maynard, who has a young son in the district, worries about the effects these incidents may have on students. 

"I'm glad they take it seriously and take precautions at all schools in the district, but I can't help but wonder what damage we are doing to our kids," she told WWJ Newsradio 950. "How can it not be harmful for 7 and 8-year-olds to worry about being murdered in school? It's heartbreaking to picture these young kids practice hiding from a gunman."

As an investigation continues, Sarvello said the suspect could face anything from a misdemeanor charge to a 20-year-felony. "By the time the detectives process their inverview and get it to the Proscutor's Office, they'll review it and kinda see what fits."

The student's name has not been released.