A 12-year-old South Lyon student was charged in allegedly threatening to shoot up his school this week after students alerted their teacher to the threat, Oakland County Sheriff's officials said.

Two classmates at Centennial Middle School overheard the youth on Monday say he would bring an AK-47 the next day "and shoot it up," investigators said in a statement.

The students told their teacher, and a sheriff's duty assigned as a Lyon Township school resource officer responded to interview the 12-year-old. A referee authorized detention at Oakland County Children’s Village.  

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday charged the boy with one count of a false terrorism report, a 20-year felony.

The student pleaded guilty before Oakland Circuit Court Judge Lisa Langton and remains in custody, county officials said. A hearing is scheduled for next month.

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