Newaygo County Prosecuting Attorney Worth Stay announced that charges were issued today against two juveniles involving threats made against Newaygo County schools.
A juvenile, age 15, was charged with making a threat of terrorism against Newaygo High School on December 6, 2021. This incident was investigated by the Newaygo Police Department.
Additionally, a juvenile, age 12, was charged with threatening to commit an act of violence against Newaygo Middle School on December 8, 2021. This incident was investigated by the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office.
Although this demonstrates a disturbing increase in the number of school threats, this is unfortunately not a new problem. On November 12, 2021, charges were issued against a juvenile, age 14, for a bomb threat made against Hesperia High School on November 8, 2021. This incident was investigated by the Michigan State Police.
All juveniles charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. While all these threats were eventually found to be not credible, each will be treated by this office as the serious offenses that it is. Each and every threat made in our community will continue to be fully investigated by local law enforcement and treated as legitimate until proven otherwise. Where sufficient evidence is forwarded to meet the elements of a crime, offenders will be prosecuted.