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Rochester Hills student suspended after making threats at West Middle School

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published December 6, 2019

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A 14-year-old West Middle School student has been suspended after sheriff’s officials say she was seen making a list of fellow students to kill.

Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation said several students witnessed the teen adding the names of five students to a “Kill List for Future” while in class Dec. 4. 

The students reported the incident to their teacher, who cleared the classroom and notified school administrators after witnessing the student adding additional names to the list, police said.

Detectives from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office’s Rochester Hills substation, along with the school resource officer, responded to the school to speak with the student’s parents and interview the student.

During the interview, the student admitted to making the list, stating that it was a way “to vent her frustration and feelings,” but she denied the desire to follow through it, according to reports.

Deputies searched the student’s home for weapons and found none.

Rochester Community Schools suspended the student, who was released to her parents.

The student reportedly told detectives that she wanted mental health assistance, and her parents agreed to petition a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Detectives are continuing their investigation and will send a juvenile petition to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for possible criminal charges.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said the charges associated with making threats, whether with malicious intentions or in jest, are extremely serious and, depending on the circumstances, can lead to a charge of making terroristic threats — a 20-year felony.

Anonymous reports can be made using the OK2SAY program at www.michigan.gov/ok2say.

Call Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at (586) 498-1060.

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