Summit Academy 6th grader taken into custody for allegedly making ‘shooting gestures’ at classmates

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By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021

A sixth grade student at Summit Academy North Middle School, 18601 Middle Belt Road, was taken into custody Thursday after they allegedly made shooting gestures at classmates.

At 11:00 a.m., a student within the Summit Academy School District reported to staff that another student, 12, made a threat.

Police said an investigation indicates the arrested student made a shooting gesture with his hands toward multiple students inside the school building during a verbal altercation.

The Huron Township Police Department school liaison officer was immediately notified, and the student was immediately taken into custody and interviewed in the presence of his parent.

Police said the student’s locker and belongings were searched, and no weapons were located.

The case will be sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for review and possible charges filed. 

The juvenile will be held in custody pending that review.

“We are at a loss for how to stop these things from happening. As you can imagine, it is never easy to take a young child into custody. I don’t want it to get lost that we understand these are young children who obviously haven’t thought their actions fully through. However, if we have learned anything from recent events, it is that we just cannot assume that any person, child, or adult, is not a threat once a threat is made. We hope this young child will ultimately get the help and guidance they need for a successful future. It appears that they have a great support system in their corner to help make that happen,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“As always, the staff at Summit Academy put student safety first. We thank them for their quick actions and assistance throughout this investigation. Once again, we ask parents to continually have the talk with their children that these types of threats are not acceptable. In addition, please also reiterate that bullying behavior of any type is also wrong.”

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