Students charged in school threats face court hearings

Posted at 2:34 PM, December 8, 2021 and last updated 2:41 PM, July 24, 2023

DETROIT (AP) — Five Detroit-area students face hearings before juvenile court referees accused of making threats against schools in the wake of a shooting at Oxford High School in Oakland County that left four students dead.

The students, who range in age from 12 to 14, are each charged with intentional threat to commit an act of violence against a school employee or students. Two also are charged with malicious use of a telecommunications device.

The threats occurred Dec. 2-6 at schools in Detroit, Wayne, Grosse Pointe Farms and Melvindale. The students were charged last week.

“Juveniles do not receive adult sentences,” the Wayne County prosecutor’s office said Wednesday. “Upon conviction, a judge will fashion a sentence considering the crime committed, and the rehabilitation of the juvenile offender.”

On Nov. 30, 10 students and a teacher were shot at the Oxford school, roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit. Four of the victims died.

Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old sophomore at the school, was arrested at the school and has been charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes. His parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, later were arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The gun used in the shooting was bought days before by James Crumbley.

A number of Michigan schools cancelled classes over the next day or two after the shootings due to online threats and safety concerns by parents and students.