15-year-old arrested for threat that shut down school Wednesday

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WALKER, Mich– Police in Walker have arrested a 15-year-old male who they say is responsible for making a threat against the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science on Wednesday.

The threat was received via email around noon from a person who was on their way to the school. The building was put on lockdown and parents were notified to pick up their children.  Police assisted staff members with the process of releasing students to authorized adults.

Walker Police say the 15-year-old suspect is a former student of the school. He is now being held at the Kent County Juvenile Detention Facility on a charge of Making Terrorist Threats which is a 20-year felony.

Police say at this time the threat does not appear to be credible.

The case will be forwarded to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday for further review.

On Wednesday, the school announced classes were cancelled the rest of the week as a precaution.



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  • JS

    20 Years at least for these Little Idiots who disrupt thousands of people..
    To bad we no longer have chain gangs and the like in Michigan

  • dace

    put ’em away and send that message . By the way, hey mom & dad…. where are you? Perhaps you’ve earned some of that sentence.

  • Tommy

    I APPRECIATE ALL EFFORTS!! From school , police, and news!! My sons go to that school and im forever greatfull for the efforts that were taken to protect are little ones !! Awesome job. Weather the kid is 10 , 15, or any age or color !! It should never be taken lightly. Justice is served and are kids are safe !! Thank you is the least we can say!

  • Justin Case

    All of these recent school threats goes to show there is a PEOPLE problem with this country. People are broken and need help. Fix the people in this world, and it will be safer for everyone.
    How do kids not realize it is their classmates that are making them feel unsafe? Treat people kindly so that they do not have to resort to gun violence.

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