Michigan Student Faces Charges over Online Threat to a Teacher

A Chelsea District teenager will be tried in juvenile court over threats on a teacher

A student in Waterloo Township, Michigan, is facing criminal charges after allegedly threatening a teacher online.

The identity of the 16-year-old has not been released, however Michigan Live clarifies that he or she attends classes in the Chelsea School District.

On Friday, December 21, police apprehended the student for allegedly posting a threatening message on either a website or a social media account. They were alerted about the message at around 1:30 a.m., before the teacher even found out.

The Jackson County Sheriff's office and the Chelsea Police Department are working together on the case that involves both offices.

Deputies arrested the teen on “a very specific threat to a specific teacher in the district,” a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff's reps reads.

Neither the teacher, who did not know about the message, nor the teenager's classmates “were ever in any danger,” according to the same statement.

The teen will be charged in juvenile court, following a mental evaluation at Allegiance Health that revealed no underlying disorders.

Tensions are running high as, just one week ago, a tragedy hit an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. 20 kids and 7 adults were fatally shot at Sandy Hook elementary.

As we previously noted, the shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, was an avid gamer and the member of a computer club. A warning message about a shooting was posted on a site he was active on, before the events.

School officials all over the country are treating similar messages perceived as threats very seriously. This week, 16-year-old John George III of Crawford County, Georgia was suspended from school and investigated by the police over a Facebook message a cautious parent reported.

“Students of CCHS in for a big surprise tomorrow...” John wrote, referring to the fact that he was about to dress up as Santa for school.

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