Two teens arrested after posing potential threat to Newaygo High School

Posted at 10:18 AM, Dec 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-19 10:18:03-05

NEWAYGO, Mich. — Two students are in police custody after making a potential threat against the Newaygo High School student body, according to police.

Police said on Wednesday, Dec. 16, the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department was alerted by a staff member of the Newaygo County Career Tech Center about suspicious statements made by an 18-year-old male student.

The staff member alleges the student was talking about purchasing gas masks and other tactical gear online. During an initial investigation, more suspicious information was found on a school computer surrounding the 18-year-old and a second 18-year-old male student.

Both students were arrested.

The students’ families are cooperating with authorities during the investigation. One student is facing felony charges of lying to a peace officer during the investigation of a violent felony. The other is in police protective custody.

The incident is being investigated by the Newaygo Police Department, the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department, and the FBI. The investigation is focusing on whether the two teenagers had the resources and means to harm students or staff.

To date, neither of the teens possessed any weapons.

Newaygo officers have been stationed in the school since learning of the alleged threat and will continue to have a presence throughout the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Newaygo police at 231-652-1655 or anonymously through Silent Observer at 231-652-1121.