Novi police to seek charges against 5 in threats against Catholic school
Novi — Police said they are submitting to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office a request for charges against five people over a pair of incidents at a Catholic high school.
Investigators are seeking charges of making terrorist threats against Detroit Catholic Central High School against the five, Assistant Novi Police Chief Scott Baetens said in a statement. The crime, a felony, is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Officials began an investigation on Oct. 25 into a threat against the school made on social media. A parent reported to police his child told him an individual wearing a Guy Fawkes mask from the movie "V for Vendetta" made unsettling statements to students, Baetens said.
Detectives working with federal agents identified three students at the school who were accomplices to the person who made the social media post. That person lives in Ohio with his parents, according to authorities.
Baetens said another picture of Guy Fawkes was circulated among the school's students on Oct. 31 with a claim that everyone would wear masks to Mass the next day and "start killing."
Police determined the identity of the photo's creator, a student at the high school who was not involved in the first incident.
The school had no classes Monday for a faculty/staff in-service day, according to its web site. Baetens said classes are scheduled to resume as normal Tuesday.