5 students arrested after smoke bombs clear junior high

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

An end-of-the-year school prank resulted in arrests of five junior high school students in Shelby Township and one member of the staff hospitalized for smoke inhalation, police said.

The incident took place about 8:05 a.m. at Malow Junior High School on the 6400 block of 25 Mile.

“These weren’t your average little smoke bombs,” said Jason Schmittler, acting deputy chief of the Shelby Township Police Department. “They were about the size of a pop can and emitted a lot of smoke.”

By the time fire officials arrived at the school, students already were being evacuated from the school to the football field. Police later recovered two spent smoke bombs in the cafeteria.

Five students were arrested in connection with the incident, Schmittler said, on charges of disorderly fireworks and preparing to burn with intent to commit arson. They were initially taken to the Shelby Township Police Department but police planned to move them to the Macomb County Juvenile Facility, pending review by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

No students were injured, police said, and classes resumed.

About 1,200 students attend Malow Junior High.

jdickson@detroitnews.com