Social Media Threat By Lake Fenton Student Leads to Discovery of Guns
It could have ended much differently, but the quick action of both a local school district and the Genesee County Sheriff's Department brought a scary situation to an end.
According to several reports, a student in the Lake Fenton School District posted a message on the social media app Snapchat with a caption that read, “don’t come to school tomorrow.” Superintendent Julie Williams of the Lake Fenton District immediately contacted local law enforcement.
According to NBC25, Superintendent Williams indicated that the post did not include Lake Fenton Schools, but it was confirmed the student in question was part of the district. The post also included photos of some rifles.
Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson to WNEM that the student was immediately taken into custody and a search of this locker and home occurred. According to Swanson, the rifles taken from the subject's home did not belong to them, but to their parents.
The student indicated that it was "just a joke", but in lieu of the number of school shootings over the past few years including the one at Oxford High School that occurred at the end of 2021.
The school was put into secure mode, and the Superintendent was quick to notify parents of the situation via mass voicemail. The student in question is set to be charged this week in court. Both Swanson and Superintendent Williams encourage parents to talk to their children and encourage them to say something if they see something that is a threat or possible serious situation.
Sheriff Chris Swanson stated that there have been more than 22 kids that have faced charges in Genesee County for school threats.