Teen sentenced in case of social media threat at area school - WNEM TV 5

Teen sentenced in case of social media threat at area school

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A Mid-Michigan teen has admitted in court that he made a death threat against his school.

The suspect, 17-year-old Michael Bates, plead guilty in January to using a computer to make a threat.

Bates is a Freeland High School student.

The prosecutor recommended Bates receive probation with a chance to clear his record.

Freeland Community Schools were among a few area districts operating under alert after receiving an anonymous tip about an alleged threat on social media. Freeland School District Superintendent Matt Cairy said an anonymous threat was made on a social media app called "Yik Yak," against a non-identified school in the area.

Due to the post, Freeland Community Schools were in secure mode.

Tittabawassee Township Police volunteered to supply an extra police presence at the school as a precautionary measure.

Cairy said the alert was issued for the safety of the students.

The anonymous post read, "I'll make it my mission tomorrow to make sure the whole school is dead." Investigators from the TittTittabawasseenship Police Department released the nature of the threat.

An unidentified student saw the post and reported it to police.

Finding out who was behind the threat was not an easy process. There is no requirement to create a username or profile on Yik Yak. The only information available to police was a general location of where the user posted it.

Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Studies were also closed because of the same threat. Saginaw Swan Valley schools, Hemlock schools, Bay City Western High School and middle school, Auburn Elementary, and Bullock Creek schools were also on alert.

Bates was arraigned and plead guilty. The Saginaw County Prosecutors Office recommended Bates be sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Training Act, with a condition of no internet usage of any kind.

In March he was sentenced to two years probation under the Holmes Youthful Training Act. If he completes his probation successfully his record will be sealed.

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