Macomb County 18 yr old Charged after threatening to Shoot up School

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI – On Thursday March 1st, 2018, at approximately 2:15pm, Macomb County Sheriff deputies were called to L’Anse Creuse High School (Central) for a threats report. It was reported that a male student made statements to “shoot up the school”.Andrew Ison booking photo

School staff reported that they had received a phone call from a concerned parent whose child overheard a student talking to another student on a bus about shooting up the school. Upon further investigation by the school, it was learned that these original threats were made during lunch several days prior and that student Andrew Michael Ison, 18, out of Harrison, was overheard stating he would shoot up the school on March 14.

Macomb County Sheriff’s detectives arrived at the school and took over the investigation. Detectives conducted several interviews with students at their homes and as well as a search of Ison’s home. No weapons were located and only one student provided a statement that Ison stated he would shoot up the school. During their investigation, detectives learned that statements were made about sacrificing by means of putting a spell on people to take their souls to hell.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham stated that his Office has investigated 23 school threat complaints since 2/16/18. “We take every school threat seriously and will investigate each of them thoroughly to hold those committing criminal acts responsible. Our students, their families, and school staff need to feel safe in the educational environment. These types of statements, whether made in jest or some other form, will not be tolerated.”

On 3/2/18, this incident was presented to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for one count of False Report or Threat of Terrorism (20 year felony).

“Since Stoneman Douglas, we are experiencing an unprecedented number of cases where students are threatening the lives of their classmates and teachers,” said Macomb Prosecutor Eric Smith.

“As a father of three, the significant uptick in these cases is extremely unsettling. We are encouraging students to speak out and continue to come forward with this information. As County Prosecutor, let there be no mistake, threats in our
schools will be dealt with swiftly and met with the full weight of this office.”

Ison, who was not in custody, was arraigned in the 41-B District Court of Clinton Township on this same date, 3/2/18. He was taken into custody at his arraignment and given a $100,000 bond. He is not to have contact with the school and is due back in the 41-B District Court on 03/12/18 at 8:30am for a probable cause conference.

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