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Police say that a 16-year-old admitted to making a threat against Michigan schools days after a mass shooting at a high school in Oxford Township, a Detroit suburb.
Michigan Statesaid that on Thursday, they were dispatched to Armada High School following a threat made on stating that Armada Area Schools would be "next" following the Oxford shooting.
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Schools have been closing across the country since the Oxford High School shooting took place on Tuesday, which killed four people and injured eight more.All public schools in Bay City, Michigan, will be closed on Friday as a result of copycat threats, the school district said on Facebook.
Police said they were investigating the threat, and on Friday morning noted that they had interviewed a suspect.
"During an interview the suspect stated that he saw all the other areas schools were closed due to threats and he just wanted a day off of school. We have no indication that this was a credible threat and he had no plan to carry out any threat," Michigan State Police wrote on Twitter.
Police said that the suspect is a 16-year-old from the village of Armada. He has been released to his mother's custody, and police added that an "investigators report is being forwarded to the Macomb County Prosecutor for review."
"We want to remind parents and students that regardless of the reason, making a false threat of terrorism is a felony and could result in 20 years imprisonment," the state police stated.
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Reached for details about the incident, Michigan State Police directed Newsweek to their public social media statements.
In a letter to families posted onFriday, Armada Area Schools Superintendent Michael Musary said state police had identified "one of our high school students, who acted alone, as the individual that posted the social media threat."
"The student communicated to [Michigan State Police] that the social media post was meant as a joke, hoping for a day off of school," Musary wrote.
The superintendent said that classes would resume on Monday.
"This is no joking matter as this student is currently banned from campus and facing serious district and legal consequences and has been referred to the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office," he added.
Dozens of schools, school districts and campuses in the Detroit area canceled classes Thursday after threats circulated on social media in the wake of the shooting at Oxford High School, which killed four students and injured several others.
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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The warning signs were there: A search for gun ammunition on a cellphone, drawings of blood on a school desk and a written plea for help. But on Tuesday, roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit at Oxford High School, the student in question was sent back to the classroom after a school meeting with his parents. Three hours later four students were shot to death and six other students and a teacher were wounded. © Provided by Associated Press Vanessa LaBrie holds onto her two children, Kiersteyn Fields, 10, and her brother Landon Baker, 8 , as they stand in their yard up the road from Oxford High School on Thursday, Dec.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said Thursday that thathad been forced to temporarily close in response to threats.
He noted that at least 100 instances of direct threats or threatening social media posts were reported throughout the state.
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