WARREN, Mich. (FOX 2) – A school shooting threat was posted online on Wednesday, leading to the arrest of a suspect – who is just 13 years old.
He was the 33rd social media threat to shoot a school since last November’s attack at Oxford High School – Right in the town of Warren alone.
“You’re going to see more and more of these cases,” Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said. “Computers are used for many different things, including sending these messages, terrorist messages.”
The latest threat, posted to Twitter, claimed that Warren Cousino High School would be gunned down at 8 a.m. Carter College, also in Warren, and Sterling Heights Community High School, would also be shot on Wednesday. All three schools have been closed as a precaution.
“It caused a lot of disgust in the community,” Dwyer said.
Yet hours after the midnight threat, Warren police identified who they believe was the suspect.
“The 13-year-old who is in custody today now faces a crime,” Dwyer said.
The 13-year-old is an eighth grade student at Carter College who is accused of being a terrorist threat.
FOX 2: “Did he say why he did that?”
“No, frankly, he doesn’t say anything,” Dwyer said.
Police seized several electronic devices from the suspect’s home with a search warrant – but no weapons.
FOX 2: “The crime is committed even if he can’t carry out the threat, right?”
“Right,” Dwyer said.
FOX 2 spoke to the suspect’s mother. She didn’t want to go on camera, but says her son is a good boy and would never do anything like shoot up a school.
The suspect could be arranged on Thursday.