In Oakland County, 2 school threats, 1 false alarm
The 2018-19 school year has just begun, but already two Oakland County teenagers are facing disciplinary action and could face criminal charges after allegedly making threats at their schools while a former student was ticketed for a backfiring vehicle that triggered a school lockdown.
Officials at Walled Lake Central High School reported that a 14-year-old male student had text messaged a picture of a gun to a teacher just after midnight Friday.
A school resource officer contacted the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, which made contact with the boy's family at their home. The Wolverine Lake boy said he sent the picture mistakenly, and had meant to send a school-related text to his teacher.
Police did recover the gun in question, which they describe as an Airsoft replica, and confiscated it. The boy was told to not return to school until notified. That incident remains under investigation.
Earlier that week, Wednesday at about 2 p.m., a 16-year-old Pontiac boy was escorted from Pontiac High School by a security guard, "due to his disorderly behavior," per a statement from the sheriff's office.
During the escort, the student allegedly threatened to harm the security guard, a 37-year-old Pontiac man, and said he would "shoot up" both the guard and the school.
A school resource officer responded to the student's home, and the student was questioned at the Pontiac substation with his mother. In the end, he was arrested and placed at Oakland County Children's Village pending charges.
Friday afternoon, just before 3 p.m., shots were reportedly fired at Clarkston High School.
Police arrived to find that no shots had, in fact, been fired, and no weapons were to be found. What happened is, a former student of the school, an 18-year-old Independence Township man, hit the accelerator on his vehicle. Police believe "the exhaust may have backfired, creating the sound of gunfire."
The school was placed on lockdown, and the former student was detained. The lockdown was soon ended, though, and the former student was ticketed for the loud exhaust.