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2 teens lodged for threats against middle school

Tribune Staff • May 25, 2018 at 6:58 PM

Two 13-year-olds are facing charges stemming from threats of school violence.

The male teens were taken into custody for the charge of a false report or threat of terrorism, which is a 20-year felony and/or a $20,000 fine, according to a media release from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

One teen is being held in the Ottawa County Juvenile Detention Center. The other teen is being held in the Muskegon County Juvenile Detention Center because of his residency.

On Wednesday, police received a tip from a parent about a threat to Lakeshore Middle School.

A joint press release from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety on Thursday indicated they were investigating a tip that four Lakeshore Middle School students had discussed an attack on the Grand Haven school’s staff and students by using firearms.

Capt. Derek Christensen of the Sheriff’s Office said that, after reviewing the investigation, it was determined charges wouldn’t be sought against the other two students. He said they were interviewed but not suspects.

After police determined there wasn’t an ability to carry out the threat, the school continued as normal Thursday.

Parents were notified via email late Thursday morning, and students were also made aware of the threat.

The Norton Shores Police Department assisted with the investigation.

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