Boy makes plea in Milford High shooting threat case

Detroit News staff and wire reports

Pontiac A 14-year-old Milford High student has pleaded no contest to making false threats of Columbine-like violence at his school in February.

The teen, who was being prosecuted as a juvenile, was remanded by Oakland Circuit Judge Elizabeth M. Pezzetti to Oakland County Children's Village under "secure detention" pending a May 12 disposition hearing. He entered his plea April 6 with his attorney and parents in court.

Pezzetti also ordered a psychological evaluation of the boy.

The boy was taken into custody in late February after school officials and others reported he had made threats on a social media chat room concerning pending violence at the school and even warned some of his friends not to go to school that day. When confronted, he cooperated with Oakland County sheriff's deputies and admitted making threats he had no intention of ever carrying out. School activities were not affected, investigators said.

The boy was reportedly upset over a break-up with his girlfriend and lashed out in postings and among friends on how he planned "genocide" of certain ethnic groups and Milford High classmates.

The crime is a felony that carries up to 20 years in prison for an adult.

The boy's lawyer, Deanna Kelley, says the teen is "a good kid" who has "never been in any type of trouble at school or otherwise."

Under a no contest plea Pezzetti has the power to order a term of probation; place the boy in Children's Village or an acceptable youth setting or commit him to the Department of Human Services for supervision and treatment until he is 19 years of age. Upon request of the prosecutor's office or Human Services the court can even extend its jurisdiction until the boy turns 21 years old.