Utica High student charged with making terrorism threat
A Utica High School student was charged with making a terrorist threat Tuesday after allegedly making one against the high school Monday on social media.
Police became alerted to the threats by other students who said they had seen the messages.
Timothy Evans, 18, was also charged with a false report of terrorism.
Utica school officials notified police about a threat on social media. Police discovered weapons when they searched the student’s home, police said Tuesday.
Police said various weapons, along with ammunition, were found at the teen’s home.
Shelby Township Deputy Police Chief Mark Coil said in a statement Tuesday: “Parents, students and staff should know that Utica Community Schools, this department, and the prosecutor’s office take a zero-tolerance stance on the issue of threatening students, teachers, and our community. The necessary steps are in place to ensure the safety of the students and staff in the Utica Community Schools.’’
Evans was arraigned Tuesday and given a $75,000 bond.
He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith added in a press release Tuesday: “Any threats made against our schools will be taken seriously and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Calling a threat a prank or a joke is not a valid defense. I urge parents and educators to continue to have these hard conversations with our youth, explaining to them the long-term ramifications of making a threat in this day and age.”
The Utica case is the latest such allegations of school threats made by local students in recent weeks.
On Monday, a 15-year-old Melvindale student had his request for a lower bond rejected by a Wayne County Juvenile Court referee who cited concerns about recent shootings incidents across the country as a reason to maintain the student’s $20,000, 10 percent bond.