Student Accused of Threat To Face Weapons, Alcohol Charges

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 12/23/2014 - 12:45

The Washtenaw County prosecutor’s office has authorized two misdemeanor complaints against a 17-year-old Saline High School student who is still being investigated for allegedly threatening an act of violence against other students.

The prosecutor’s office has authorized a charge for possession of weapons on school property and minor in possession of alcohol, said Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety Deputy Chief Gordie Schick. While investigating the alleged threats, Pittsfield police found six knives in the teenager’s vehicle. Police also found an open bottle of vodka.

Police and school officials have declined to comment on the nature of the alleged threat.

The accused has not been arraigned yet, Schick said.

Police continue to investigate the alleged threat, Schick said, though police and school officials have said they don’t believe there was any intent to act on it.

Last week Pittsfield Department of Public Safety Matthew Harshberger said the accused student was suspended from school and banned from school property. Harshberger also said the accused was believed to be the only person involved in the alleged threat.

Pittsfield Police placed extra patrols in the school Thursday and Friday as an extra precaution.

The Saline Area Schools Board of Education will, at some point, decide on the student’s future in the district. Because some of the knives had blades three inches or longer, they are considered dangerous weapons. The student may face expulsion.

According to state law a school board is not required to expel a pupil for possessing a weapon if the pupil establishes in a clear and convincing manner at least one of the following:

  • The object was not possessed for use as a weapon (scissors, for example).
  • The weapon was not knowingly possessed by the pupil.
  • The pupil did not have reason to know the object was a dangerous weapon.
  • The weapon was possessed at the suggestion of police or school officials.

The Saline Post does not print the names of juveniles charged with misdemeanors.

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