Grand Blanc High School student charged with false terrorism report

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says prank was 'no joke'

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Grand Blanc High School, Grand Blanc, Mich.

FLINT, Mich. - Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said he has charged a 15-year-old student in the Dec. 19, 2012, incident at Grand Blanc High School that resulted in police responding to reports of active shooters present in the school.

Leyton said the 15-year-old is being charged as a juvenile and, as a result, his name will not be released.

The student is charged with False Report of Terrorism, a 20-year felony.  

On Dec. 19, he allegedly told his mother there were people firing guns at the school. His mother called 911.

The school was locked down, and some teachers and students hid in closets.

"What ultimately turned out to be a prank was, in reality, no joke," said Leyton."It resulted in great disruption to an entire community, sent fears through the hearts and minds of hundreds of students, teachers, and parents, and caused tremendous amounts of public resources to be spent responding to and following up on the incident." 

The situation at Grand Blanc High School happened just days after a tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut left 20 children and 6 adults dead. 

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