WESTLAND (WWJ) - A 9th grader at John Glenn High School was taken into custody on Tuesday over social media threats that canceled in-person learning for two days, authorities announced.
Wayne-Westland Community Schools and the Westland Police Department said they first learned of an online threat on Sunday, Nov. 20 against John Glenn High School. Out of an abundance of caution, authorities closed the high school on Monday, Nov. 21 and transitioned to online learning on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
Authorities said they were able to identify a 14-year-old suspect in connection to the threats and took them into custody. The student is currently being held at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center awaiting arraignment on criminal charges.
“In nearly every situation, parents are responding the same way saying that they could never imagine their child making a threat like this," Westland Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik said in a prepared statement. "This is yet another example of how important it is for parents to be aware of their children’s social media activity and the serious ramifications that will result."
School officials said the safety and security of the students and staff remain top priorities.
"Law enforcement and Wayne-Westland Community Schools will continue to work together and quickly identify those responsible for all school threats and will pursue prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law," they said in a statement.
According to officials, John Glenn High School will resume in-person learning on Wednesday, Nov, 23 and after-school activities will continue as normal for Tuesday, Nov. 22.