Teen charged in school threat after investigators find explosive - WNEM TV 5

Teen charged in school threat after investigators find explosives, guns in home

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PAW PAW, MI (WNEM/AP) -

A 15-year-old student from Paw Paw High School was charged in a juvenile court after police said he made threats to shoot up the school.

Newschannel 3 reports that investigators found evidence that supports the threats in the suspect’s home, including pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, and guns.

The Van Buren County Sheriff said two sawed-off shotguns and a large amount of ammunition were found in the boy's home.

Authorities say the boy also had bomb-making materials and guns stored in backpacks.

The 15-year-old was arrested Sunday, March 18 and was taken to a juvenile detention facility.

Police said the teen stole the firearms from relatives and family members played a vital part in the teen's arrest.

The sheriff said if the department did not get a tip on Sunday afternoon, there would have been a shooting at the high school.

Paw Paw Public Schools canceled classes on Monday, March 19 due to the threat.

The 15-year-old was charged on Monday with making a terrorist threat, two counts of possession of a shortened barrel firearm, possession of stolen firearms, and possession of bomb-making materials.

Investigators said Paw Paw schools do not face any current threats and they believe the teen acted alone.

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