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Sterling Heights police arrest teen for threatening schools

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Sterling Heights — A 13-year-old Hamtramck boy has been arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot up multiple schools in Sterling Heights, police said Wednesday.

Officials said they are investigating a copycat who made a similar threat against Davis Junior High School. The threat is unsubstantiated at this time, they said.

Police said they received Monday a report about threats made on Instagram to shoot up multiple schools in Sterling Heights on Tuesday.

The threats were not valid, but detectives tracked them to a 13-year-old boy in Hamtramck who was taken into custody, according to authorities.

"The Sterling Heights Police Department takes these threats very seriously," officials said in a statement Wednesday. "Anyone making these threats is committing an act of terrorism, which is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison."

They also said they will have additional officers at schools as a precaution.

Anyone with information about the threats should call Sterling Heights Police at (586) 446-2825.