More West Michigan Students Charged with Making School Threats
After the Oxford High School shooting on November 30th, where four students were killed, over 100 districts statewide had to shut down due to copycat threats. Schools and prosecutors are taking these threats seriously and students are now being charged with making these threats.
On Wednesday, December 8th, in Muskegon County, nine students -- ranging in age from 12 to 14 -- were charged. They are from several Muskegon area school districts, including Mona Shores, Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, Reeths-Puffer, Oakridge and Whitehall.
The prosecutor's office explained that the charges against them include "disturbing the peace, intentional threats against a school or student, attempted false report or threat of terrorism, and false report or threat of terrorism." These charges are a one-year misdemeanor.
The following day, on Thursday, December 9th, two students were charged for making threats against Newaygo County schools. In these cases, a 15-year-old was charged with making a threat of terrorism against Newaygo High School on December 6th, and a 12-year-old has also been charged with threatening to commit violence at Newaygo Middle School on December 8th, according to the Newaygo County prosecuting attorney.
Previously, a 14-year-old was charged on November 12th for making a bomb threat against Hesperia High School on November 8th.
All of the threats were found to be not credible.
On Friday morning, December 10th, Oakridge Upper Elementary in Muskegon, went on soft lockdown due to a potential threat.
District officials say a special education student claimed to have guns in their home and wanted to do something with them. Three law enforcement officers were onsite within minutes and they apprehended the student involved.
The soft lockdown ended a short time later and classes resumed.