13-Year-Old Warren Boy Arrested For Threatening Middle School Shooting

WWJ News
December 03, 2019 - 3:58 pm
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WARREN (WWJ) - A 13-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot up his middle school in Warren. 

Warren Police Chief Bill Dwyer said a parent called police Monday night about the alleged threat,. which came in a group chat, warning that there would be a shooting at Beer Middle School Tuesday morning.

The threat stated: "I'm going to shoot the school up, because of her," Dwyer said.

"I'm not sure exactly what that means, 'because of her,' but that was what was put out," he said. 

The school, on Martin Rd. off Ryan Rd., was closed Tuesday as a result; and a young suspect was taken into custody shortly after 1:30 p.m.

Dwyer told WWJ's Sandra McNeill that the student, an 8th grader at Beer, had already been suspended from school prior to this alleged incident.

"For behavior," Dwyer explained. "Not like this, but behavior."

Dwyer said police are still questioning the boy, and it's not yet clear if he had access to any weapons. 

While the investigation continues, school officials are asking parents to double check their kids' social media posts and to remind them that any threats they come across should be reported to authorities before being shared online. 

"Please help your children understand that spreading social media threats as an attempt to warn people only makes the problem worse," Superintendent Robert Livernois said, in a letter to parents. "The right thing to do is to call the police or tell a responsible adult."

It's unclear at this time what, if any, charges the child may face. His name will not be released due to his age. 

Livernois said the threat was also reported to OK2SAY, the state's anonymous tip line.

Students anywhere in Michigan can make confidential tips to state authorities through an app, text message, email or the OK2Say website. [Get details here]. Tips are screened by staff at the State Police and shared with schools and local police.