Middle School Student Charged After Allegedly Making Multiple Shooting Threats

May 25, 2019 - 2:00 pm
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WATERFORD (WWJ) - A 14-year-old boy who allegedly threatened to shoot up his middle school in Waterford is being held on a $250,000 bond.

The teen was charged Friday with two counts of false report or threat of terrorism. He was detained by police a day earlier after at least two students at Pierce Middle School reported that they overheard him referencing a "shooting" or "shooter."

No overt act was attempted and the student did not have any weapons. However, police say the boy had made a previous statement about a shooting so he was taken into custody. He's due back in court June 4. 

Police and school officials are reminding the community that all threats are taken very seriously.

"Students and parents need to know police and school officials will do everything we can to ensure the safety of all students, teachers and visitors within our schools," Police Chief Scott Underwood said in a statement. "Parents are encouraged to speak with their children. Threats and threatening statements should never be made, not even in a joking manner. There are consequences for those who make these threats."

Michigan law makes it a felony to threaten to commit an act of terrorism and communicate the threat to any other person. The charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison or a fine of not more than $20,000, or both.