In Wake of Oxford, Authorities Charge 23 with Threatening Wayne County Schools

December 09, 2021, 2:44 PM by  Allan Lengel

Kym Worthy: "Some of these children actually have access to multiple guns." (File photo)

In wake of the Oxford High shootings, 23 three people -- mostly juveniles -- are charged so far with threats against schools in Wayne County.

"We're looking at least 10 more," Prosecutor Kym Worthy said at a Thursday afternoon press conference. "I would not be surprised if we double the number next week. We were not surprised to see a number of quote, unquote 'copycat' cases.

"This nation, and especially this region, is going to have to take a serious look at child access to guns," she added. "Children are fascinated with them, they have access to them and that's what leads to some of these threats. We're especially concerned about these cases where these threats are made and we find out some of these children actually have access to multiple guns, and we've seen that in several cases."

The prosecutor's office on Thursday announced the latest charges against three minors:

► A 12-year-old boy at Detroit Innovation Academy is accused of an intentional threat Monday to commit school-relted violence and malicious use of a telecommunications device. 

► A 13-year-old boy at Taylor Exemplar Academy also is accused of an intentional threat of school-related violence on Wednesday.

► A 14-year-old boy at Huron High in New Boston is charged with that type of intentional threat, also on Wednesday.

Detroit Police Chief James White said at the press conference: "There's nothing amusing about threatening to harm others," and warned that the consequences can be severe. One Detroit school was closed Thursday because of a threat, he noted. 

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