Huron High School student arrested for claiming to have loaded weapon in backpack

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By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Friday, Jan. 28, 2022

A 17-year-old student at Huron High School in New Boston was arrested Friday after they allegedly told classmates that they had a loaded weapon in their backpack.

Police responded to the high school Friday afternoon on a report of a threat made.

The Huron Township police school resource officer assigned to the Huron School District was immediately at the school.

The Detective Bureau, Evidence Technician Team, Traffic Services Unit, Command Staff, Community Policing Officers, and on-duty patrol staff responded to assist with the investigation.

Police say multiple students reported that the suspect approached them and said that they had a loaded weapon in their backpack.

The suspect then made a direct threat to a classmate, according to police.

Police, with the help of school administrators located and took the suspect into custody.

A search of the student, backpack, and the student’s locker was conducted and no weapon was located, police said.

The student is currently at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center pending charges.

The investigation will be sent to the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

“We will always err on the side of caution and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our students. We are fortunate to work with our local school administrations that share that same goal. It is unfortunate that some students still haven’t figured out that threatening statements will not be taken as a joke and will ultimately get them taken into custody and charged,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“I would ask parents to once again talk to their students tonight and reinforce that these threats are unacceptable. Interrupting the learning process is not funny and they will be held accountable,” Robbins said.

Huron School District released a statement regarding the incident on Friday.

“Later this afternoon, a student reported that they overheard another student at H.H.S. state that they had a weapon in their backpack. H.H.S. Administration and the Huron Township Police Department immediately investigated this matter and determined that there was no weapon on campus. The building was secure at all times, and all staff and students were safe during the investigation. As always, safety and security will continue to be our number one priority, and we will continue to work closely with the Huron Township Police Department,” the statement said.

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