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Teen Charged In Shooting Hoax At Grand Blanc School

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GRAND BLANC (WWJ/AP) - A 15-year-old boy has been charged with a false report of terrorism after texting his mother that people were firing guns at Grand Blanc High School.

There were no shooters or emergency on Dec. 19. But the boy’s mother called 911 and police rushed to the school, just south of Flint.

The school was locked down, parents pulled their kids out of class, and some teachers and students hid in closets.

This happened just five days after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut left 20 children and six adults dead.

Grand Blanc Police Chief Steve Solomon told the Flint Journal they take any report of an active shooter in a school building very seriously. “Our students and the entire community must realize that making a false report of a shooting or a bomb threat or anything similar is a serious matter and will be treated as such by law enforcement,” he said.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said the prank was “no joke” for police, teachers and students. He said he’ll leave the appropriate punishment up to a judge.

The teen is being charged as a juvenile so his name is not being released.

He will appear in court on Feb. 21 for a preliminary hearing.

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