Less than a week after a Lansing High School student was arrested for making a terrorist threat, two other students were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly creating a “kill list” of various people.
Sheriff’s deputies said an investigation revealed that multiple students both heard and saw the two Lansing High School students creating the kill list, which included another student among those on the list. The 15- and 16-year-old students were arrested on criminal charges of making a terrorist threat.
MPs did not release the names of the students because of their ages, but said the 15-year-old would be treated as a minor and the 16-year-old would be treated as an adult.
Deputies said they had taken steps to ensure pupils would not have access to firearms and said they did not believe the school continued to be at risk from the incident. Assistants will continue to provide a security presence at the school for the remainder of the year.
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The arrests come at a time when similar arrests on terrorism charges have increased in the region. On June 1, a student was arrested at Lansing High School after allegedly using Snapchat to tell people he would be involved in a school shooting.
The latest arrests came two weeks after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in which a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers and injured 17 others. The mass shooting in Uvalde was the deadliest elementary school shooting since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which occurred in 2012.
The Sheriff’s Office reminds parents to speak with their children about the seriousness of making such threats verbally, in writing or via social media and that law enforcement should and will take them seriously. Anyone who learns of such threats should not assume their validity, but rather should report them immediately.
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