17-Year-Old Student Charged With Threats Of Terrorism

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Benjamin Malachino

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. –The Kent County Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant for 17-Year-Old Benjamin Malachino for one count of Threats of Terrorism, which is a 20 year felony. According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department Malachino, a student at Comstock Park High School, sent threats to a female student that he was going to sexually assault her and also intended to lock down the high school and kill several students. Malachino included in his text message the names of three students (two from Comstock Park High School and one from Kenowa Hills High School) that he intended to kill.

Malachino was arraigned Monday in the 63rd District Court and is currently lodged at the Kent County Correctional Facility on a $500,000 bond.

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52 comments

  • anonomyous

    Fozx 17 News. I hate to say this but you people have nothing better to do. Its all you want is gossip, do you even know him at all NO you don't. This isnt okay. Its wrong he is 17 he ment no harm. he is young and for all you know insecure. Leave him alone.

    • Concerned Parent

      Hell no am I going to leave him or this issue alone !! I could care less if he needs help, he needs to be removed from the school that MY kids attend !! He is a threat to MY kids when they are at this school on a daily basis. How can you possibly say, "leave him alone, he meant no harm, he is young and for all you know insecure"????? He is a student at a school with hundreds of other students that are his age or younger and he is threatening to KILL STUDENTS !!! For God sakes what the hell is wrong with you ??? I am glad they caught him before he could injury any students at the school. I hope he never has the opportunity to harm anyone and does get the help he needs, but don't say that FOX is just gossiping, they are letting parents know what is going on and the truth behind it. As a parent, I only received a very vague letter today about the incident and have been considered for my child's safety ever since. I am glad that FOX was able to inform me about the details. Thank you FOX !!

    • CP Alumni

      Then what? Then the potential of school students being wiped out? B.S. I will take this situation extremely serious and he deserves to be charged.

    • anonomyous

      i go to comstock park and even if it was gossip he should not have said what he said. It is a scary feeling that he could have came to school and did that if he was not turned in. We do not need another school shooting and this arrest may have prevented it.

    • Jack

      I Love him he just let his emotions and hormones get the best of him same as everyone else did at one time he won’t hurt anyone forgive and forget

  • anonomyous

    Wow. You say he meant no harm, but a threat to rape or KILL people is pretty flipping serious! He is 17 and almost old enough to be considered a legal adult. You don't just go around saying you are going to rape and kill people. I bet you would've had a different outlook on it if he actually did lock down the school and kill students. This guy needs help! Glad they caught him before he acted upon his thoughts!!!

  • VoiceOfReason

    I just want to say that I can completely understand all of your fears. It's scary. In all seriousness, however, there are almost no facts given in this article. There is no way to know anything about this young, and I'm sure terrified, boy or anthing else about the situation. Try to understand what he might be going through: a mistake with much more serious consequences than he ever considered. Try to understand what his family is going through. The people that watched him grow up and grew up with him are suffering and don't need uninformed or misinformed people crying out for "justice" when there simply aren't facts available. Please just take a step back and don't fuel the fire with unnecessary gossip.

  • anonymous

    Scary that someone thinks this is no big deal. Shows you how messed up people can be. This is very serious and needed to be taken care of before a tragic event took place. Thankfully someone spoke up!

  • againstmediaFortruth

    Wondering what he said exactly. Unless anyone knows what was said EXACTLY then I would not get too hasty on the judgement. Who knows what media is feeding you. I don't trust it. But I don't trust him either. Nor do you all trust each other, and so on and so forth.

  • CP Student

    God gives everyone second chances….If you only understand the negative on this student he will have no chance. Its nice to know people are so caring for one another…Not!

    • Concerned Parent

      Put yourself in the shoes of a parent or your parent for that matter. How would you feel knowing there was a student that had a issue with another student at your child's high school, that was severe enough that it caused him to want to KILL other students. He may have just wrote this threat out on a text msg, but the thought was still in his mind, he still was considering harming other people, which he had no right to do. If your child or yourself, were one of the students that this student had on his list of students he wanted dead or at least hated enough to want to cause harm to, would you want to give him a "second chance"? Now fast forward some years and he didn't get caught up in this in high school, he is now an adult and in an argument with someone and pulls out a gun and shoots them because of his temperment and he didn't get the help he didn't earlier in life. That person was your family member or your child, does he deserve a "second chance"? The kids that shot up high schools were misunderstood and did quite a bit of harm to people, do they deserve a second chance ? Not in my book they don't.

  • Justthinkin

    Terrorism?? Kent County may want to move him. An Obama drone strike must be forthcoming.
    This kid is no terrorist. Acts of terrorism have governments as their targets.

    Based solely on the article, he may have threatened to rape and kill people. As wrong as this may be he wasn't trying to take down the government.

    The common law and Michigan Law have long held that while the words are offensive they have been historically treated as the lowest level of assault.

    There is a law that specifically addresses what this guy did if we believe the article. It is MCL750.540e. It is a 6 month misdemeanor.

    Unless there is more to this case than what FOX17 is reporting it appears as though this is prosecutorial overreach.

  • Jimmy

    This is nothing more than propaganda spew from you government…… They want you to be scared they plant this in your schools just for this reason… wake up people its the government (corporations) killing and making you ask for your rights to be taken away…

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone thought of the kids that he wanted to hurt? He obviously didn't want to hurt them for no reason. What will happen to them? Nothing because they are "victims."

  • duke

    If you truly believe the information coming from this source then you deserve this fear… Wake up people this is nothing more than liberal propaganda from which to take your rights away…. Its all gun control crap……

    • Emily

      Yes, FOX is totally "liberal" propaganda…NOT. Try the exact opposite. Every news network is bias in one way or another and you can't trust any to get clear, opinion-free facts. The best option for all of you is to listen to the kid, the people who go to the school and know him, etc. I'm sure the allegations are fact-based and are very serious. I'd be curious to see these texts though. That's the problem with technology nowadays… kids don't think it is serious, therefore say whatever they want (even though he MAY have had the intention of acting on them…like I said… I'd like to see the texts).

  • againstmediaFortruth

    Jimmy: agreed. Anonymous, huh?nothing? victims? they are nothing unless something happened to them… I dont understand what you are trying to say.

  • sackman

    Hell this comes from fox new of all places so you know this is as far from the truth as it gets and spun for their owners agenda…. TAKE BACK AMERICA…

      • Anonymous

        What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I’m the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking dead, kiddo.

  • sackman

    Give me a break… Emily and Anonymous should hook up and raise their kids in a FEMA camp, they don't care about their rights as Americans or as a human beings for that matter…..

  • anoymous

    Look you don't know him at all I do I know what he said was wrong but I know for a fact he wouldn't have been able to do it. I know him I've known for a very long time in fact. If you guys only knew the cheap kids did to him at comstock park he was teased and belittled to know end. He isn't any harm to any Fox seventeen shouldn't have been able to even put this on the news in the first place he isn't just a normal boy.

  • Anonymous

    Just curious why the news is so quick to make a name and picture public when he hasn't gone to trial?? I agree that the authorities are wise to have him lodged for the protection of others as well as himself . I don't however see the necessity of publishing his name and photo.

  • sackman

    Anonymous does conclude he should have been locked up on "terrorism" charges then? Do you even know what terrorism is? And publishing by fox news is for the "fear factor" …they want you to be afraid so they can protect you…

    • Anonymous

      Terrorism? No. But sadly, the media has now made this young person's name and photo public. I believe they will do anything for ratings.

  • Anonymous

    He's a really good kid, there's more going on here than you guys know. The threats are very serious, but it's incredibly unlike him. Please save your hate for your gossip circles.

  • brick

    u know i grew up with this kid and i will bet on my life someone from comstock park pushed to far because im an ex student there and there are tons of bullys there

  • anonymous

    Wow! Based on the comments it’s no wonder kids have a difficult time managing frustrations with this being their example. Violent threats, anger, blaming the news outlet and government doesn’t set a very good example.

  • Anonymous

    You guys know absolutely nothing! He was a brother of my friend, and a really REALLY nice guy. He was bullied like crazy and was led to this. It's so unfair.

  • Cp2012Grad

    This is a prime example of what being bullied does to you. I graduated from comstock park last year and i witness kids harass him over and over again because he was a little outside the box. It's sad to only see one side of this as i was witness to numerous CP Kids harassing him so bad. I hope his story will be told fairly and he has a right to explain why he threatened what he did. This should be a lesson for those punk ass kids to stop harassing.

  • khj

    What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I’m the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking dead, kiddo