Lake Orion High School student charged with misdemeanor, allegedly threatened to shoot up school
‘We are aggressively investigating each of these threats and will seek to hold anyone accountable who makes such threats,’ sheriff says
LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - A 15-year-old student of Lake Orion High School was taken into police custody Thursday afternoon after he allegedly threatened to shoot up the school.
According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the student said Wednesday he would shoot up Lake Orion High School if he could get a gun. Police said the threat was made the day after the fatal shooting at Oxford High School.
Authorities said the student said he was planning to get revenge against someone. Authorities said several guns were removed from the student’s home and are being held in another location for safe keeping.
Lake Orion High School is roughly six miles south of Oxford High School.
The student was one of multiple students in Michigan taken into custody after allegedly making threats following the shooting at Oxford High School. More than 70 schools in Michigan saw closures due to copycat threats.
At a press conference Thursday, Oakland County sheriff Mike Bouchard said the FBI and Secret Service are assisting in finding those responsible for the threats.
“School districts around the state have closed because of concerns for student and staff safety. We have seen first-hand the tragic consequences when these statements turn into action,” Bouchard said. “Some may think it is a joke. It is not. Others see it as a way to get out of school or it may be a real precursor that requires us to intervene and prevent. We are aggressively investigating each of these threats and will seek to hold anyone accountable who makes such threats.”
The student was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of threatening to commit violence with a firearm. A conviction carries up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. He is being held without bond.
He is expected to return to court Dec. 10.
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