Charges for teen in Coopersville schools swatting

Ottawa County sheriff's deputies at Coopersville Area Schools after a lockdown. (Sept. 4, 2014)

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The 14-year-old accused of involvement in an incident of swatting at Coopersville Area Public Schools last week will face felony charges as a juvenile.

The Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized charges of false report of a felony and using a computer to commit a crime, according to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mark Bennett.

Coopersville Area Public Schools were locked down for a short time on the afternoon of Sept. 4 after Ottawa County Central Dispatch received a phone call in which students and staff were threatened. A sweep of the school buildings found nothing dangerous.

Authorities say it was an incident of swatting — when someone makes a false report to draw a large police response.

The sheriff’s office says a 14-year-old former Coopersville student was involved in the threat — though it is believed the call was actually placed by someone else who may be outside of the country. Authorities say the 14-year-old fed the caller information to make the threat more credible.

Bennett said Thursday the 14-year-old had been lodged at the Ottawa County Youth Home and was expected to appear in juvenile court to face charges within 24 hours.

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