Student charged over Melvindale HS threats

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 15-year-old male Melvindale High School student was charged with making a "false report or threat of terrorism" Thursday after being arrested the day before for allegedly making online threats against the school.

The suspect, who was not named in the charging announcement by Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, is accused of communicating via SnapChat that he was going to shoot up the school, the prosecutor's office said.

"In addition to the text, a photograph of an individual holding a gun was forwarded," the prosecutor's announcement read. 

Lt. Dan Jones of the Melvindale Police Department said the school became aware of the threat by way of a student, who saw the suspect's threatening post on social media. The student informed the school district, which informed the police department at about 8:30 a.m.

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"(The suspect) basically responded that he was going to conduct an act of violence, indicating the possibility he was going to use a firearm to shoot up the school," Jones said. 

Police reviewed the post and brought in the suspect's mother, and talked to him as well, and came to the determination he had indeed made the threatening post. He was arrested and transported to the juvenile detention center, Jones said. 

Police then checked the suspect's house and locker and found "no indication of any firearms or ways to carry it out," Jones said. "There were no weapons found."

The suspect was due in court at 1:30 p.m. for his preliminary hearing before Referee Anthony Crutchfield. His pre-trial hearing is scheduled for March 5 at 1:30 p.m., before Referee Daniel McGuire.

A representative for Melvindale-North Allen Park Public Schools could not immediately be reached.