On May 27th, 2019 the Sterling Heights Police Department received a report of threats to shoot up multiple schools in Sterling Heights. The threats were made on Instagram, and the shootings were to occur on May 28th, 2019.
These reports were not a valid threat. The Sterling Heights Detective Bureau worked diligently, and the investigation led to the arrest of a 13-year-old suspect out of Hamtramck.
The Police Department has received another complaint of a copy-cat Instagram school threat toward Davis Junior High School. We are currently investigating that threat also, which also appears to be unsubstantiated at this time.
The Sterling Heights Police Department takes these threats very seriously. Anyone making these threats is committing an act of terrorism, which is a felony punishable up to 20 years in prison. As a precaution, and to insure the safety of our schools, we will have an extra police presence on location. The safety of all of our residents is the utmost importance to the Sterling Heights Police Department. We will utilize all resources to get these suspects in custody.
Anyone who has any information on these incidents are encouraged to contact the Sterling Heights Police Department’s Investigations Bureau at 586-446-2825.