MARSHALL, Mich. (WOOD) — Two students are expected to face criminal charges after allegedly making an online threat that caused Marshall Public Schools to cancel classes on Thursday, authorities say.
According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department, a concerned parent found pictures of two people with firearms making threats towards Marshall High School and students. The parent notified the principal, who contacted the Marshall Police Department.
Two Marshall High School students were taken into custody and are being held at a juvenile home. They are expected to face charges of making a terrorist threat and using the Internet to commit a crime.
Marshall Police Chief James Schwartz told 24 Hour News 8 that more than 30 guns were found during the search of the two homes where the suspects live, all of which have been confiscated. Police don’t yet know to whom the guns belong — whether they were bought by the students’ parents or someone else. Because the suspects are juveniles, they can’t legally purchase guns.
As a precaution Marshall Public Schools, including the Shamrock Center, were closed Thursday.
The district’s spring break is scheduled to start Friday, so classes will resume on Monday, April 11.
At this point there is no ongoing threat to Marshall Public Schools, according to police.
OTHER RECENT THREATS TOWARD BATTLE CREEK-AREA SCHOOLS
On Thursday afternoon, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office got word of a social media threat against Pennfield Middle School. Authorities identified the person behind that threat as a middle school student who didn’t go to school Thursday. Pennfield elementary, middle and high schools were all on lockdown for about 25 minutes while the student was found and taken into custody. It was not immediately clear if that student would face charges.
Marshall was the second school district to cancel a full day of class this week due to threats made online. On Monday, Lakeview School District in Battle Creek was closed while police investigated a threat made on social media against the district.
The same day, students were evacuated from the Harper Creek School complex on Beadle Lake Road due to a bomb threat.