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After threatening to bomb at two schools, the local Prosecutor warns of severe punishment


Burton, Mich. (WNEM) – Following two bomb threats at two schools in Burton, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said police are working to identify the perpetrators.

“A lot of kids just think it’s funny, some kids want to get away with taking the test, for whatever reason it’s still a crime,” Leyton said.

The first bomb threat was made over the phone on September 7 at Dillon Elementary School, in the Carman-Ainsworth school district.

The second incident was made against Atherton High School, in the Atherton School District on September 8, after students reported receiving bomb threats.

Law enforcement was dispatched to both schools, and no credible threat was found.

“The misreporting of domestic terrorism is a very serious crime,” Leyton said.

Police are still trying to track down the suspect(s) who made the threat.

“Ever since school started, there have been some false reports of bomb threats and that worries me a lot,” Leyton said.

“There’s a lot of crime of imitation going on, one kid sees another kid doing it and they do it,” Leyton said. “Many kids just think it’s funny, some kids want to get away with taking the test, for whatever reason it’s still a crime.”

Leyton announced that his office will throw the book at anyone who violates it, and he says the perpetrators will not only face serious criminal charges but also face severe punishment from home school.

“Some students caught will be expelled, some will be suspended depending on the district,” Leyton said. “But every one of them was prosecuted in Genesee County.”



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