Police arrested a 10-year-old boy after he allegedly told a fellow student at Paint Creek Elementary School in Orion Township that he would “shoot up the school like Ethan Crumbley.”
That’s according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated the case Friday, Oct. 28, after the boy’s classmate reported the threat to officials at the school, 2800 Indianwood Road.
The boy spent the night in Children’s Village, a detention center for juveniles, but authorities declined to charge him, the Sheriff’s Office said. Officials in the Lake Orion Community Schools suspended him for five days.
His name is not being released as he is a juvenile.
The boy referred to Crumbley, the Oxford High School student who shot and killed four classmates Nov. 30.
Sheriff’s Office investigators took several firearms from the 10-year-old boy’s Oxford Township home that belonged to his father.
The father agreed to get a safe for the weapons and they will be returned to him. The father was also provided with gun locks, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Several Oakland County high school students have made threats in recent weeks that resulted in widespread searches, lockdowns or early dismissals. All of the threats were deemed not credible.
Lake Orion Community Schools, which neighbors the Oxford school district, declined to comment on how a threat is handled with a younger student.
Here is a summary of Oakland County school threats over the past week:
Monday, Oct. 31: Officials at South Lyon High School discovered a threat of gun violence on a bathroom wall at about 11 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office said. The school was placed on lockdown. The Sheriff’s Office is questioning several potential suspects.
Monday, Oct. 31: Novi High School officials were made aware of a threat on a bathroom wall. Neither Novi Community School District administrators or Novi police disclosed what the threat said.
Wednesday, Oct. 26: A student at Novi High reported a “concerning message” written on a bathroom stall, resulting in the school sheltering in place for several hours.
Police and school officials searched students’ backpacks and belongings; nothing dangerous was found, according to a statement from Novi Superintendent Ben Mainka.
Shelter in place means students and staff stay in the classroom they were in, without moving around the building, the statement said.
The message was reported at about 11 a.m. and school was dismissed early at 1:45 p.m., after every student was cleared.
School officials did not give details on what the message said. Police and school officials continue to investigate both Novi incidents.
Tuesday, Oct. 25: South Lyon High was locked down in response to a threat of a shooting on a bathroom wall. Sheriff’s deputies searched the school but found nothing.
Sheriff Michael Bouchard has said repeatedly that those who make threats will be found and prosecuted, whether they intended to carry out the threat or not.
Bouchard and area school officials have encouraged parents to talk to their children about the seriousness of school threats.
“We are committed to student safety and continue to rely heavily on our partners in law enforcement and our consultants in school safety to make the most informed and research-based decisions to protect our kids,” Mainka said in a statement after the second threat at Novi High.
“Our staff are continuing to remind students about all of our mental health supports and who they can talk with if they feel themselves or someone they know needs support. Please remember to report any unusual behavior or concerns anonymously through our Ok2Say portal at https://ok2say.state.mi.us/.”
OK2SAY is a Michigan State Police program that allows confidential reporting of potential violence in schools or students threatening or planning to harm themselves.
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