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13-year-old student in custody after Columbia Schools threat

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Posted at 5:42 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 17:42:11-04

COLUMBIA TWP., Mich. — The Columbia Township Police Department announced a 13-year-old has been taken into custody following a threat made to Columbia Schools.

At around 11:57 a.m., school officials learned from a student of a written threat that was found on a small note in a classroom, according to police.

Both the student that had claimed to have found the note, along with the student that was mentioned on the note were both immediately brought to the office by school staff were segregated, according to police.

Police said contact was made with Columbia Township police, who arrived a few minutes after the call.

Officers and school staff made an initial determination that the probable viability of the threat was very low, according to police.

Police said the story of the student that claimed to have found the note was found not to be true. In fact, that student had admitted to having written the note herself, according to police.

Police said the decision to not dismiss school early was due to the quick resolution of the investigation, the initial determination of low probability of the threat being viable, immediate segregation of the two students possibly related to the incident and to keep disruption at the school and the students to a minimum.

The 13-year-old student was taken into custody and was transported to the Jackson County Courthouse for a hearing before a juvenile court referee, according to police.

The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office has issued a petition of "False Report or Threat of Terrorism," which is a 20-year felony.

Police said that a parent of each of the two students was extremely helpful in resolving the incident.

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