The student allegedly responsible for making threats at Walled Lake Northern High School — including an incident today, Wednesday, May 9, and one last week — has been apprehended, according to Walled Lake Northern Principal Greg Diamond.
On Thursday, May 3, Northern’s staff and students were evacuated from the building around noon after a “non-specific threat” had been discovered in a girls’ restroom.
The threat was immediately reported to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, which proceeded to have a K-9 unit thoroughly search the school.
Diamond stated in a letter to parents that school officials evacuated the building as a “precaution,” although officials believed the threat to be “non-credible.”
The school was given the “all-clear” by the K-9 unit and classes resumed after about an hour.
A similar threat was made today, Wednesday, May 9. This time the suspect was apprehended by sheriff’s deputies.
According to district spokesperson Judy Evola, the sheriff’s department began to immediately review surveillance video and was able to identify the student allegedly responsible.
“Fortunately, with the assistance of the security cameras and a thorough investigation, the student has been identified, confessed to both incidents and is in the custody of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department,” Diamond wrote in another letter sent to parents today.
The district plans to prosecute to the “full extent of the law,” according to Diamond.
“Walled Lake Schools and Northern High School administration takes all threats seriously, working cooperatively with local law enforcement officials. As always, we are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of our students and school community,” he stated in the letter to parents.
Sheriff’s Department officials couldn’t be reached prior to this posting for comment on possible charges against the student, or the time frame for filing charges.