LCHS student in jail for threatening to ‘shoot up the school’

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published March 2, 2018

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — At press time, a L’Anse Creuse High School student was in the Macomb County Jail after he allegedly made threats to “shoot up the school,” Macomb County sheriff’s officials reported.

A report from Sheriff Anthony Wickersham’s office states that deputies were dispatched to the high school in Harrison Township at 2:15 p.m. March 1.

School staff reported that they received a phone call from a concerned parent whose child days earlier had overheard one student talking to another student on the school bus about shooting up the school. Upon further investigation, it was learned that these original threats were allegedly made during lunch period at the high school several days prior.

The suspect was reportedly overheard stating that he would shoot up the school on March 14. Sheriff’s detectives conducted several interviews with students at their homes, and they also searched the suspect’s home, where no weapons were found.

Also during their investigation, detectives learned that statements were made about “sacrificing by means of putting a spell on people to take their souls to hell,” the report states.

Wickersham stated that his office has investigated 23 school threat complaints since Feb. 16.

“We take every school threat seriously and will investigate each of them thoroughly to hold those committing criminal acts responsible,” Wickersham said in a press statement. “Our students, their families and school staff need to feel safe in the educational environment. These types of statements, whether made in jest or some other form, will not be tolerated.”

The incident was presented to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office on March 2, and a warrant was issued for one count of false report or threat of terrorism, a 20-year felony.

“Since (the) Stoneman Douglas (shooting), we are experiencing an unprecedented number of cases where students are threatening the lives of their classmates and teachers,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a statement, referring to the Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida that claimed 17 lives. “As a father of three, the significant uptick in these cases is extremely unsettling. We are encouraging students to speak out and continue to come forward with this information. As county prosecutor, let there be no mistake — threats in our schools will be dealt with swiftly and met with the full weight of this office.”

The LCHS student was arraigned in the 41-B District Court in Clinton Township on March 2 and given a $100,000 bond. He is not to have contact with the school and is due back in the 41-B District Court on March 12. He remained in jail at press time, and an attorney had yet to be assigned in his defense.