Officials: Pontiac boy threatened to bomb Fla. school
A Pontiac teen is facing charges after allegedly threatening to bomb a Florida girl’s school this week, Oakland County authorities reported.
A California resident alerted sheriff’s officials early Friday about a message the youth appeared to have posted while watching a live Facebook feed led by a 9-year-old and her father, investigators said in a statement.
“During the live feed an individual ... had posted that he would bomb the daughter’s school,” the release read. “The complainant checked into the Facebook account and identified the account as possibly belonging to a student at Pontiac Middle School.”
An Oakland County sheriff’s deputy assigned as a Pontiac school district liaison officer used an online profile photo to identify the 13-year-old, investigators said.
The boy was found at Pontiac Middle School and taken to a sheriff’s substation, where the teen told detectives he made the threat, officials said.
No threats were made against his school or others in the district, Superintendent Kelley Williams said in a letter to parents.
The student, whose name has not been released, was lodged at Oakland County Children’s Village. A petition was issued charging him with one count of malicious telecommunications service — a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months behind bars or a $1,000 fine, the sheriff’s office said.
During a hearing Friday afternoon, the youth was ordered to remain in custody until his next court date on April 12.