15-year-old Caro Middle School student charged with making shooting threat

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CARO (WJRT) (3/6/2018) - An eighth-grader at Caro Middle School is facing juvenile charges after allegedly making a threat Monday evening to shoot the school.

Police took a half dozen guns from his house during the investigation, but it was not clear whether he could have gotten them to school to carry out the threat.

A mother with students in the district texted the Caro High School assistant principal around 6 p.m. about the alleged threat in the evening. She told authorities her daughter was scared of going to school Tuesday because of the the threat.

School officials relayed the information to police, who immediately launched an investigation.

"This is a perfect example of see something, say something," said Caro Police Chief Brian Newcomb.

Police talked with the student and searched their home for any weapons to determine whether the threat was credible. Officers seized six long guns from the student's house, but determined the student posed no imminent danger to the school.

"Parents were cooperative," Newcomb said. "Weapons in the home were collected."

He is not sure whether the student could have gotten the guns outside the home.

"Anything is possible. We don't know," Newcomb said. "It would only be speculation as to whether or not he was serious or just talking, but we can't afford to take it lightly."

Classes went on as scheduled Tuesday.

That student, who was not identified, has been suspended pending further disciplinary action from school administrators. The student also is banned from coming onto school property.

The 15-year-old will be charged as a juvenile and faces a threat of terrorism charge, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene has worked on similar threat cases in Cass City and Millington over the past few months.

"It's extremely unfortunate that we keep revisiting the same circumstances here," he said.

Reene said it's important that if anyone hears a threat to report it immediately.

"The OK2Say program provides for people to provide information anonymously if they choose to," he said.

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