Chippewa student bound over to circuit court for school shooting threat

By: Joshua Gordon, Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published April 30, 2018



CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley High School student Jacob Michael Graham, 18, is heading to Macomb County Circuit Court.

On April 23, 41-B District Court Judge Carrie Lynn Fuca bound Graham over to circuit court. He is facing one felony charge of a false report or threat of terrorism. He is being held on a $150,000 bond, cash or surety. 

He was arrested at the high school March 2 after allegedly posting a photo with a gun on social media, that was interpreted as a potential school threat.

At that time, Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said Graham had reportedly visited a gun range sometime before the arrest and rented a gun that resembled an AR-15. Maierle said the student took a picture of himself with the gun and posted it on Instagram with a caption about being the “next school shooter.”

In a letter sent to parents, Chippewa Valley Schools Superintendent Ron Roberts said the district received word from a parent about the social media post and proceeded to notify the police.

“This incident is a reminder that bad decisions carry serious consequences, and I encourage all parents to talk with their children to remind them of the importance of making sound choices whether in the classroom or on social media,” Roberts said after the arrest was made.

Maierle said that the police department has a school resource officer at the high school, who pulled Graham from class and made the arrest. Police went to the student’s home, Maierle added, and his mother was cooperative in letting them search the home. No guns were reportedly located.

“(The student) said it was a joke,” Maierle said. “The mother was very cooperative and we could not find any weapons.”

Graham was arraigned March 5 at 41-B District Court. His felony charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. He was also charged with the misuse of a telecommunications device, a misdemeanor.

Graham’s next scheduled court date is May 7. His attorney, Scott Kozak, could not be reached.