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Student, 15, in custody after threat made against school district

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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan student is in custody after authorities say they made a threat against a school district. 

The Midland County Sheriff's Office said they received a 911 call just before 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8 from a parent who said their 14-year-old daughter received a private message on social media from a 15-year-old male classmate. In the message, the boy made a threat of violence that would take place at Bullock Creek High School, police said. 

Bullock Creek Superintendent Shawn Hale sent a letter to parents Sunday saying he was contacted at about 12 p.m. by the Midland County Sheriff's Department about the message. 

Hale and investigators immediately made contact with the student who sent the message. 

"After much investigation, it was discovered that the threat was not credible and could not be carried out," Hale said. 

Hale said students should report to school Monday as usual. 

The 15-year-old student was taken to the Midland County Juvenile Care Center, according to police. The incident is still under investigation and a report will be sent to the Midland County Prosecutor when it is complete. 

The following is the full letter sent to parents by Hale: 

October 8, 2017

Dear Bullock Creek Parents and Staff:

Good afternoon. At approximately 12pm today, I was contacted by the Midland County Sherriff’s Department regarding a threat of violence message that was sent privately from one high school student to another. After speaking with law enforcement, they immediately made contact with the sender of the message.  After much investigation, it was discovered that the threat was not credible and could not be carried out.  The student will however remain in custody and the Bullock Creek School District will proceed with our regularly scheduled school day tomorrow.

I would like to thank the Midland County Sherriff’s Department for their immediate investigation of this issue and express my gratitude for their continued support.  As a District, we will continue to do everything we can to keep children safe.  I am also very thankful that the receiver of this message had the courage to share this information with law enforcement.   Situations like this are difficult and it is important that we work together to protect one another.

Sincerely,

Shawn J. Hale

Superintendent

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