DEARBORN (WWJ) – A 26-year-old Kalamazoo man is facing multiple charges for allegedly sending an email alluding to a possible shooting at Divine Child High School in Dearborn.
Daniel Darwin Taylor was arraigned last Thursday on charges of harassing/annoying communication, breach of peace, and providing false information to a police officer. A judge set bond at $3,000 and ordered Taylor to have no contact with any victims in the case or Divine Child staff. He is also prohibited from contacting or returning to Divine Child High School. If he posts bond, he must wear a GPS tether.
Authorities say Taylor sent an email anonymously through the City of Dearborn’s website on Monday, Oct. 26, which directed the police to “contact Divine Child High School about a school shooting today.” The email was sent to the city’s general account around 6 a.m. and was not addressed to anyone specifically.
School officials were notified and several uniformed police officers were assigned to provide a high visibility presence on the Divine Child campus while a criminal investigation was conducted.
According to police, detectives determined that the email originated from the west Michigan community of Lincoln Charter Township. Local police responded to a residence in the community and that’s where Taylor was taken into custody on unrelated warrants.
Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said the threat wasn’t credible and “at no time were any students or staff at risk.”
“The very visible response by our department was to ensure the safety of our children at Divine Child and the other nearby schools,” Haddad said in a statement. “We will spare no resource or effort to ensure the safety of our community. We will always err on the side of caution in these situations.”
Taylor, a 2007 graduate of Divine Child, is due back in court for a pre-trial on December 8.