Student Threat Uncovered at Michigan High School

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Authorities seized five guns, ammunition and 26 knives from a teenager who wrote about "potential violent acts" against others at his rural high school, the Huron County sheriff said Wednesday.

The teenager was home with his parents while county Prosecutor Mark J. Gaertner considered whether to file charges, according to the office of Sheriff Kent D. Tibbits.

The youth, whose name was withheld because of his age, attends high school classes at Port Hope Community School, a public school serving a sprawling district along Lake Huron in the northeastern part of Michigan's rural Thumb region. It enrolls about 115 young people from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

The school began its summer break Friday.

School officials contacted the sheriff's department May 24 to say "a student had been documenting potential violent acts against certain students or students in general and possibly an administrator," the sheriff's department said in a news release.

Detectives went the teen's home, where his mother turned over two loaded long guns, a loaded handgun and an unloaded long gun from his room, the statement said. It said detectives then checked the room and found another long gun and 26 knives.

"Because of the Port Hope High School official's quick action in identifying a potential problem and immediately contacting the police, a violent act might have been prevented," the sheriff's statement said.

Port Hope Community Schools Superintendent Scott Belt said he would not comment because of the possibility of legal action and privacy concerns.