By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2022
A 17-year-old student at Huron High School in New Boston was arrested on Friday after allegedly telling classmates he had a loaded gun in his backpack.
Police responded to the school on Friday afternoon following a report of a threat.
The Huron Township Police Academy Resource Officer assigned to the Huron School District immediately attended the school.
The Detective Bureau, Evidence Technician Team, Traffic Services Unit, Command Staff, Community Police Officers and On Duty Patrol Staff responded to assist in the investigation.
According to police, several students reported that the suspect approached them and said they had a loaded gun in their backpack.
The suspect then made a direct threat to a classmate, according to police.
Police, with the assistance of school administrators, located and took the suspect into custody.
A search of the student, the student’s backpack and the student’s locker was conducted and no weapons were located, police said.
The student is currently in Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center awaiting charges.
The investigation will be sent to the Wayne County District Attorney’s office for review.
“We will always err on the side of caution and do everything we can to keep our students safe. We are fortunate to work with our local school authorities who share the same goal. It is unfortunate that some students still do not understand that threatening statements will not be taken as a joke and will eventually land them in custody and charged,” said Everette Robbins, Director of Public Safety for the Township of Huron. .
“I would ask parents to speak to their students again tonight and emphasize that these threats are unacceptable. Interrupting the learning process is no fun and they will be held accountable,” Robbins said.
The Huron School District released a statement regarding the incident on Friday.
“Later that afternoon, a student reported hearing another HHS student state that he had a gun in his backpack. HHS administration and the Huron Township Police Department immediately investigated this matter and determined that there were no weapons on campus. The building was secure at all times, and all staff and students were safe during the investigation. As always, safety and security will continue to be our number one priority and we will continue to work closely with the Huron Township Police Department,” the statement read.