17-year-old Howell student charged with threat of terrorism after school shooting tweet

Sarah Hiler charged with threat of terrorism, using computer to commit crime

HOWELL, Mich. – A 17-year-old Howell High School student was charged as an adult Friday in connection with a Twitter threat to shoot up the school.

Sarah Hiler is charged with 20-year felonies of making a false report or threat of terrorism and using a computer to commit a crime.

You can watch the full arraignment in the video above.

Hiler was arrested Thursday for making a reference on Twitter to shooting up Howell High School.

Police said they learned of an anonymous threat of violence against the school around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. In part, the threat made reference to shooting up the school.

Howell police tracked down the source of the tweet and identified Hiler as the student who posted it, officials said.

Hiler was taken to the Livingston County Jail until her arraignment. She was released Friday on a personal recognizance bond with the following conditions:

  • She must seek counseling from a psychologist.
  • She cannot use alcohol or drugs without a prescription.
  • She cannot possess any weapons.
  • She cannot demonstrate assaultive, threatening or intimidating behavior toward anyone.
  • She must stay off Howell Public Schools property.
  • She cannot use the internet, a computer or email.
  • She must stay at her home unless accompanied by her parents.
  • She must comply with any directions given by her parents.

Her personal bond was set at $100,000.

"If you violate my bond conditions or in any way threaten anybody, you will come back to jail and you will owe $100,000," the judge told Hiler.

Hiler was picked up by her parents and taken home.

A probable-cause conference is scheduled for March 15, and a preliminary examination is scheduled for March 22.

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