Threat against Walled Lake school was false alarm, district says; arrest made

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

Clarification: This story previously noted the incident was involving Walled Lake Central High School; however, the post in question only referred to a central high school with elevated concerns across Michigan. The district says this was a false alarm.

An arrest was made Sunday in connection to a school threat on social media that appeared to be made from a false account out of Missouri, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded at 4 p.m. Sunday to the Walled Lake Central High School on reports of a school threat. There, deputies met with the parent of a student, who had called authorities.

The parent said her daughter saw a post on social media indicating "that another student and his friends would shoot up the school on Monday as he and his friends were tired of being bullied," according to a Sheriff's Office release.

Detectives and the school resource deputy were notified and met with the student from whom the post was thought to have originated, the Sheriff's Office said.

Walled Lake School District officials said it was a false alarm for Walled Lake Central High and the post in question was in reference only to a "Central High School" with elevated concerns across the state. 

The student denied posting it and detectives said it appears that someone may have created a false account on Snapchat. It was determined that the threat occurred in St. Joseph, Missouri, and the person allegedly responsible was arrested, according to the Michigan State Police OKAY2SAY, who relayed the information to the Walled Lake Schools administration.

Extra deputies will be posted at the high school on Monday, the Sheriff's Office said.

srahal@detroitnews.com