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Grand Blanc Man Charged with School Bomb Threats

courtesy Grand Blanc Community Schools

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton has charged a 27-year-old Grand Blanc man with making false bomb threats aimed at several schools in the Grand Blanc School District.

The suspect is charged with one count of making a false report of a bomb threat, a 4-year felony, and one count of the associated charge of using a computer to commit a crime, a 7-year felony.

According to investigative reports from both Grand Blanc city and township police departments, the suspect sent an email to Grand Blanc schools prior to Labor Day threatening to detonate bombs at Grand Blanc high school and both middle schools on the first day of classes. Upon discovering the email message, school officials immediately contacted police who began their investigation and implemented an emergency sweep of all schools.

Authorities did not find any bombs or evidence of any security breaches at any of the schools and students were allowed to attend classes with an increased police presence on school grounds. Police also did not find any bombs or bomb making materials at the suspect’s residence.

Prosecutor Leyton said he has received some information that the suspect may have a developmental disorder but that his office had no other choice at this time but to issue the relevant criminal charges.

“I want the public to know that there was never any actual, imminent threat to Grand Blanc schools, staff, or students at any point during the course of this incident,” said Prosecutor Leyton.

“While we continue to review this case and all the related circumstances involved, it appears that the threats were a hoax from the start and there was never any intention to actually detonate any bombs or cause any injuries to anyone or damage to school property, said Leyton.

“Nonetheless, great amounts of resources were spent to investigate this matter to ensure the safety of students, staff, and school properties. I commend school officials and the police and all the other public safety authorities involved for taking immediate and swift measures to prevent potential tragedy,” Leyton said.

An arraignment is scheduled for today, Thursday, September 6th in 67th District Court.

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