Teen charged in threat against South Lyon high school

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A Lyon Township teen has been charged with making a terrorist threat against South Lyon High School through social media this past weekend, officials said.

Police also said they will beef up security at the high school when the district's students return from winter break.

"South Lyon Police will continue frequent safety checks of schools within the city, on a daily basis," officials said in a statement. "Police presence will be enhanced at South Lyon High School on Wednesday when classes resume."

Ryan Robert Debruyne, 17, has been formally charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, South Lyon Police said Tuesday in a statement.


A district court judge ordered Debruyne to be held at the Oakland County Jail on a $10 million bond. He also scheduled a probable cause hearing in the case against him for Feb. 28.

South Lyon Police said officers received information from Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies at the Lyon Township substation about a threat against South Lyon High School. A witness approached a deputy and gave him information about a social media message he received Friday

The witness told police a friend sent him a Snapchat message asking him to join in a re-enactment of the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school. 

South Lyon Police officers went to the suspect's home the next day and spoke with his parents and the teenager, authorities said.

South Lyon Police

The parents then gave officers permission to search the home and the suspect's vehicle. Police found no weapons in his possession, they said.

The teen's threat came days after the South Lyon High School football team's booster club canceled a fundraising dinner where organizers were set to raffle off an AR-15, the same model of weapon that was used in the Florida mass shooting.

Meanwhile, South Lyon Community Schools officials said they are reviewing the district's policies and practices regarding fundraising by outside groups.

"The Board of Education is aware of the concerns surrounding the South Lyon Football Booster's Wild Game Dinner," Randy Clark, president of the district's Board of Education, said in a statement posted on the school system's website.

"That event has been canceled. We are in the process of an internal investigation to review our policies and practices regarding fundraising by outside groups that seek to support our students, and will take action as appropriate."