Teen Facing 20 Years for Making Threat Against School

By: News 10
By: News 10

A student at Springport High School in Jackson County is facing prison time after police say he made a violent threat on Facebook.

17-year-old Noah Moricz was arraigned Thursday afternoon on a threat of terrorism charge, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Moricz is seen wearing a special vest in his mugshot. The Jackson County Undersheriff tells us it's a special vest for inmates who may have mental health issues.

The Springport Township Police Chief says no specific day or school was mentioned in the online threat, but the teen did have access to guns in his home.

Police want to stress that at no time were any students in jeopardy, but put a police presence at the school on Thursday just as a precaution.

Michigan State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office assisted Springport Township Police in the investigation.

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  • by Courtney Location: Location on Jan 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM
    And you would all be crying if something did happen and asking why no one did anything. You can't have it both ways. Too many unknowns for anyone other than the investigators and the prosecutor to determine a charge of terrorism. This was also right after Newtown so people should be pleased for taking this issue seriously. Oh wait, but too harsh.
  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 8, 2013 at 05:22 AM
    OH NO!!! ACCESS TO GUNS!?!?!. Let no tragedy go to waste, or at least in this case the threat of one. I am sure he had also had access to a car, knives, chemicals he could have used to make a bomb, etc. He is 17, if his weapon of choice wasn't directly accessable at home, he would have found it some other way. That's IF he was serious. I agree that these things shouldn't be taken lighty, but threat of terrorism charges? Up to 20 years? A bit dramatic aren't we? Hey, why not just toss the death penalty in the mix and make this interesting.
  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 7, 2013 at 10:47 AM
    Freedom of speech does not mean that we can make threatening statements with impunity. I personally feel like it is time to take a hard stance in these instances. Up to twenty years may seem like a lot but we don't know what the actual threat was. We also don't know if he will really get 20 years or how much he will serve of that 20 years. He may have a prior record also. These are a lot of unknowns so I could be wrong..maybe it was an innocent threat but maybe it was serious. They are terming it a terrorist charge so seems fairly serious.
  • by Bill Location: Mason on Jan 7, 2013 at 07:51 AM
    Better with words than a GUN.....What's this world coming to.... I wonder would would happen if you call a cop THE FUZZ..... go to jail for 5 days.
  • by Melissa Location: Robinson on Jan 4, 2013 at 09:22 PM
    What? I totally think it's stupid and wrong to make such threats, but 20 years for a threat? What happened to freedom of speech? The kid needs mental health counseling, maybe even hospitalization, but prison? If I'm wrong let me know in comments
  • by Me Talk Location: Now on Jan 1, 2013 at 08:00 AM
    20 years is very excesive for making a threat.
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