On April 17, police arrested a 19-year-old Clawson High School student at his Auburn Hills apartment after he allegedly sent messages via Snapchat to his classmates saying that he would come to school with “my gun.”

On April 17, police arrested a 19-year-old Clawson High School student at his Auburn Hills apartment after he allegedly sent messages via Snapchat to his classmates saying that he would come to school with “my gun.”

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Teen charged after social media messages prompt lockdown in Clawson

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published April 22, 2019

CLAWSON — On April 19, 52-4 District Court Magistrate Clement Waldmann arraigned Clawson High School student Corian Manley, 19, of Auburn Hills, on four misdemeanors related to messages he allegedly sent on Snapchat to fellow students about bringing a gun to Clawson.

The charges are all 93-day misdemeanors and include illegal use of telecommunications, obstructing government operations, causing an emergency response and menacing/threats.

Manley is out of jail after his family posted his bond, which Waldmann set at $10,000 or 10%. Bond conditions include having no contact with any school and no direct or indirect contact with the witnesses or individuals involved in the case.

At approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, multiple students at Clawson High School filed into the school’s office to show school officials a Snapchat message on their phones that police said the students had received from Manley.

Clawson Police Chief Scott Sarvello said Manley, who was not at school that day, reportedly sent a message to the students using the social media platform, saying that he was coming to Clawson with his gun.

“Obviously, everyone takes it seriously. The school was quickly put on lockdown and we immediately started our investigation,” Sarvello said. “The officers on-scene said the (students who received the message) were very upset.”

Sarvello said that as a precaution, the entire district went into a soft lockdown. A soft lockdown means that classes continued as normal, but all doors remained locked, students were not allowed to be in the hallways, and no one was allowed to come or go.

“They knew it was not a drill,” he said. “Everyone’s mind was wondering what’s going on. Students were texting parents, and phones at the school were ringing off the hook. We tried to quickly put something on Facebook that we were on the scene.”

Sarvello said Manley had not been attending school for the last couple of weeks. He said that Clawson police had not had any contact or issues with him in the past.

“He’s a fifth-year senior,” Sarvello said. “We contacted the Auburn Hills Police Department, who sent a car to the apartment quickly and were able to talk to him before we got there.”

Within an hour from the initial reports, Sarvello said, Clawson Public Schools lifted the lockdown. He applauded the students who reported the message, school administration and personnel from both police departments for their quick responses.

“He was interviewed and taken into custody,” Sarvello said. “We got permission to search the home. No gun was located and none were registered to him. He said the messages he sent to classmates were song lyrics.”

“Every threat that comes forward, we take extremely seriously,” he said. “He made a mistake and had some issues that he needed help with. We’re not trying to beat him into the ground.”

Manley’s defense attorney, Delphia Burton, declined to comment on the case.

Manley is due back in court at 8:45 a.m. April 29 for a pretrial hearing.