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14-year-old arrested for making terrorist threat after violent message found on Michigan school wall

Police handcuff suspect. (MaxPixel/Released)
January 14, 2022

A 14-year-old student at Sault Area High School has been arrested for allegedly making threats toward the school. According to the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department, the student is being held at the Sault Tribe Detention Facility on a charge of making a terrorist threat after a message was found on a school bathroom wall, threatening violence with a firearm.

Police were called to the school after administrators found the message Tuesday. During the investigation, police identified a suspect who was taken into custody Tuesday evening. Police have said they will not publicly identify the student.

In a release posted to the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department Facebook page, police encouraged parents to talk to their children about the seriousness of making threats and that there are consequences for doing so.

“As stated before, the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department and the Chippewa County Prosecutor’s Office absolutely cannot and will not tolerate these types of actions or behaviors,” reads a portion of the release. “Rest assured, we will investigate and prosecute anyone and everyone who makes threats, allows threats, or facilitates threats towards the students, staff, or the buildings of our schools.”

Anyone with information regarding the threat is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Darrell Harp at 906-632-5744.

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