Student accused of online threats heading to trial

Mug shot of Matthew Herrington.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The case against a high school student accused of posting threats to West Catholic classmates online has been sent to trial.

Matthew Herrington, 17, is charged with two counts of false report or threat of terrorism after allegedly threatening his classmates online. He may also face child pornography charges.

District Judge Jeanine Nemesi LaVille heard enough evidence to send the terrorism threat case against Herrington to trial.

LaVille could not reach a decision whether Herrington created the pornographic images or downloaded them.  She says she will review the case further and make a decision next week.

Herrington was arrested February after police began investigating messages on Instagram that warned some students not to go to school and threatened to harm others.

Police searched Herrington’s computer while investigating the threats and found “various forms of child pornography,” according to court documents.

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