15-Year-Old Arrested in Social Media Threat Directed at Cheboygan High School

UPDATE: A 15-year-old arrested in connection with a social media threat directed at Cheboygan Area High School has been charged.

The Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department released an update Friday afternoon stating that the 15-year-old was charged after his hearing Friday in the 53rd Circuit Court Probate Division in Cheboygan.

The teen was charged with felony false report threat of terrorism, felony computer using to commit a crime, misdemeanor school intentional threat, misdemeanor computer using to commit a crime.

The 15-year-old is in placement pending his next court date.

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The Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a 15-year-old Cheboygan male in connection with a social media threat that was directed at Cheboygan Area High School.

According to Sheriff Dale Clarmont, the sheriff’s department received a call around 7:45 p.m. Thursday, altering them of a Snapchat message that was a threat directed at Cheboygan Area High School. The threat stated “Don’t go to school tmr ima shoot it up.” With another stating “Y’all if you are from Cheboygan don’t go to school tomorrow ig there is someone coming with a gun so be careful y’all.”

“With the cooperation of several agencies we were able to make contact with a suspect, determine the threat level and conclude the treat was made by one individual,” said Clarmont.  “I am absolutely proud of the law enforcement effort in this investigation.  We were able to take the information, analyze it, develop and contact a suspect in about 2 hours.”

The decision was made to cancel school for Friday out of an abundance of caution.

“It was late in the evening when we were notified of a suspect but to ensure the minds of the parents and the students we still kept the schools closed for Friday which gave enough time to ensure the safety of the students and the security of the schools,” Cheboygan Area Schools Superintendent Paul Clark said. “I want to thank our law enforcement for the job they did and our working relationship we have.  Not only did they find the person they suspect did this, they went to the school to ensure there is no threat.”

The Cheboygan County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a petition to the 53rd Circuit Court Probate Division. A hearing is scheduled for Friday.

School will be back in session on Monday, Dec. 6.