(12/19/13) - A Mid-Michigan high school student has been suspended for having a list of students and potential threats against them.
The list and other papers were taken from the 14-year-old freshman at Caro High School, by another student, after school on Tuesday.
Police were not called until the following day, which might have some people concerned, but the school superintendent says there was no immediate threat.
"Tuesday after school, it was reported to our high school principal that a student had a list and the potential actions he might take," said Caro Schools superintendent Bruce Nelson.
Nelson says the principal then met with the 14 year old and his parents. He says the student has not caused problems at the school in the past.
"He is a student that might have some social issues, but it hasn't been that he's violent," he said.
Nelson would not say how many students were on the list.
"All of the parents of those students have been contacted," he said.
Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene would not detail the type of threats that were contained in the students papers. Reene is concerned that people may have been aware of the threats before Tuesday.
"There may have been people in the school that were aware, other students, of the existence of these papers for some period of time," he said.
He adds, it's best that when threats like this are discovered, to get information to police as fast as possible.
"Once you obtain writings, documents, you have to analyze that, is this an immediate threat? Is it something that is being planned in the future? Is it not a threat? But in order to make that determination, you need to gather all available evidence and in order to do that, you need at the earliest possible time," Reene said.
Nelson defends how the school handled the situation.
"One could always look back with 20/20 vision and say it could have been handled differently, but I think it was handled properly," he said.
The student has been suspended for five days, but that could be increased when police conclude its investigation. The Caro Police Chief says there is no immediate threat to anyone.
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