Police thwart shooting plot at two local schools - WNEM TV 5

Police thwart shooting plot at two local schools

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ARGENTINE TOWNSHIP, MI (AP) -

TV5 is learning more information about a school shooting plot at two local schools.

On Saturday, Argentine Township police chief Daniel Allen confirmed police thwarted a school shooting plot at Linden High and Linden Middle Schools.

In a letter sent home to parents on Monday, Nov. 9, interim Superintendent Russ Ciesielski said a student gave district administration social media information that was deemed inappropriate. Ciesielski said the posts included a potential threat, but not one that targeted any of the buildings, students or staff. Administration then turned that information over to authorities.

Argentine Township police, Michigan State Police and the FBI, were able to identify and arrest three male teenage suspects.

Police arrested Ryan Stevens, 18, Lamar Dukes, 15, and Cody Brewer, 15, in connection with the plot.

Kathleen Grody has a son at Linden High School. She's hugging him a little tighter tonight after learning about an alleged mass shooting plot brought to a halt by two weeks ago. Grody said her daughter used to date Stevens.

"He acted normal," Grody said. "He used to model. He used to be a model, so I'm shocked."

Stevens is from Linden, Dukes is from West Bloomfield, and Brewer is from Wolverine Lake, none are current students at the district.

Argentine Township Police Chief Dan Allen said the three suspects had the ammunition to carry out the attack.

"We know they intended to purchase weapons and they had access to others. So it appeared to be firearms," Allen said.

Allen said it was good police work coupled with cooperation from school administrators that foiled the suspects' plan.

"We definitely have everybody that was indicated to be part of the threat," Allen said. "As far as the school district, they did an excellent job working with us to maintain the safety of the school."

All three teenagers are being charged as adults.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton charged all three with Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Premeditated Murder and False Report or Threat of Terrorism.

The first felony is punishable by up to life in prison. The latter carries a maximum 20-year sentence, if convicted.

In the letter to parents, Ciesielski apologized for the lack of communication to parents saying: "I do apologize, and shoulder the responsibility for not notifying parents, staff, and students in a timely manner that a potential situation had taken place. While full extent [sic] of details were not known at the time, I do agree that communicating to parents should have happened sooner, and pledge to use this as an opportunity for us to improve."

Class went on as usual on Monday, and Ciesielski said he intends on keeping it that way. 

"We're going to continue to move forward with the educational process," Ciesielski said. "We're going to continue moving forward with our security procedures that we've had in place to make sure that our campus and our environment stay safe."

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