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Clio High School student charged with threat of terrorism

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CLIO, MI (WNEM) -

We’re learning more about a Clio High School student who was arrested after making a verbal threat.

A 14-year-old Clio freshman has been charged with a threat of terrorism after allegedly making a threat about a kill list on Feb. 6.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said the threat was made in a locker room, and the student asked other students if there was anyone else he should put on his kill list.

Investigators said there was no kill list and the student did not have the means to carry out the threat.

"Now that we have him in custody we know he has some mental health issues, which seems to be the common thread which runs through all of these school incidences," Pickell said.

Some parents voiced concerns because the investigation didn’t start until several weeks later, but officials said that was because they didn’t learn about the alleged threat until after the mass school shooting in Florida, and began their investigation on Feb. 20.

"The point is right now we want to make sure the students are safe and the entire community is safe," Pickell said.

Clio Area Schools Superintendent Fletcher Spears III sent a letter to parents on Feb. 21 notifying them of the student's arrest.

"Please understand that the student was not in the building and has not been on campus when the information was discovered and the side-by-side investigation took place," the letter said.

The letter added there was "no imminent threat" to students or staff.

"Student safety always will be our number one priority," the letter said.

At a Feb. 22 press conference, officials said the student is not in school for the time being.

"We're looking into this with the Board of Education. It's going to take working with law enforcement. However, the student will not be back in the building anytime soon," Spears said.

School Principal Lisa Taylor is encouraging students to speak up right away if they see or hear anything.

"Understand if you hear anything and it's firsthand knowledge, please report it to her teacher, to administrator or to a counselor," Taylor said.

Pickell wants the community to know they are taking these kinds of threats very seriously.

"We look into every threat. This child will now be better off in a correctional facility where he can get the help that he needs," Pickell said.

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