Police respond to dozens of threats, ‘inappropriate things’ in Warren, Center Line schools

‘Some students are still not getting the message’

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published December 20, 2021

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WARREN/CENTER LINE — Two weeks after a shooting left four students dead and others injured at Oxford High School, police in Warren, Center Line and surrounding communities continued to investigate dozens of incidents including threats and “inappropriate” posts on social media.  

“As of today (Dec. 13), we’ve had a total of 28 school threat incidents,” Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said.

Of that number, Dwyer said 13 were deemed credible threats that resulted in petitions, or formal charges leveled against alleged juvenile offenders. 

“Out of the 28, we found that seven are non-credible threats. We also have, still under investigation, 10 (incidents),” Dwyer added. 

Police said threats or incidents resulting in police investigations were reported in the Warren Consolidated Schools district (Mott High School, Beer Middle School, Carter Middle School), Warren Woods Public Schools district (Warren Woods Tower High School), Fitzgerald Public Schools district (Westview Elementary School, Chatterton Middle School), Van Dyke Public Schools district (Lincoln Middle School) and Center Line Public Schools district (Wolfe Middle School). Dwyer said incidents were also reported at De La Salle Collegiate High School, the Macomb Intermediate School District’s Rockwell Middle School, and the Michigan Math & Science Academy.

Later on Dec. 13, Warren Consolidated Schools Superintendent Robert Livernois appealed to the district’s parents on Facebook to sit down with their students to discuss the “seriousness of posting things on social media that will most certainly get them into trouble.” He also suggested student phones and social media accounts be checked, and asked parents to remind students never to share login names and passwords with anyone. 

“Despite our best efforts, some students are still not getting the message about posting inappropriate things on social media,” Livernois said. “At Grissom Middle School (in Sterling Heights), two students are facing expulsion for posting and then sharing a threat directed at a teacher who had given one of the students a poor grade on an assignment. The students then made the very poor decision to share this on social media.

“At Carter Middle School, we are investigating a student who posted a ‘hit list’ by using another student’s account. This student is now facing expulsion from school, as well,” Livernois said. 

He added, “The parents of the students involved today were devastated to learn that their children are now facing expulsion from school and a referral for criminal prosecution.”

Dwyer said making an intentional threat to commit an act of violence against a school or students is a 20-year felony. 

In Center Line, sources said a 13-year-old girl at Wolfe Middle School was taken into custody for an alleged false threat on Dec. 3. The student was reportedly petitioned as a juvenile, and no further information was available at press time. 

Right after that, police said a 16-year-old girl was investigated and also petitioned for making a false threat. 

Police said both Center Line incidents involved posts made on Instagram.