Sheriff: Boy, 8, found with note to kill

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
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An 8-year-old Pontiac boy is under investigation for allegedly being found with a note in which he threatened to kill a teacher and a classmate, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said.

The boy's teacher had seen the letter and reported it to the principal, who reported it to school security. Security officials then reported it to the sheriff's office. 

At about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, security officials and a school liaison officer at the boy's school, the International Technology Academy, at 10 Parkhurst — north of Auburn, east of Woodward — took the boy into custody. He had the note on him, police say.

"In this environment, we want to be very cautious," said LaToya Smith, spokeswoman for the School District of the City of Pontiac.

In the presence of his mother, police interviewed the boy, who said he was upset that a classmate told his teacher he had a cellphone, and upset that the teacher took the phone away.

An on-duty referee at Oakland County's Children's Village juvenile facility was contacted but declined to take the boy into custody because he's so young. He was released into his mother's custody and police have forwarded their investigation to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, which will make any charging decision.

The district declined comment on the boy's disciplinary status within the district, citing the boy's age.