A 17-year-old student has been charged after authorities say he brought a handgun to Ecorse High School in his backpack on Thursday, authorities said.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worthy charged him with carrying a concealed weapon and having a gun in a gun-free school zone.
Ecorse Police officers were dispatched to the high school at 10:22 a.m. Thursday for a report of a student who brought a weapon to school.
Ecorse Public Schools Superintendent Josha Talison said in a letter sent to parents and a Facebook post that the student was escorted off campus.
It was held Friday afternoon in the Lincoln Courtroom, Juvenile Family Division of the Wayne County Circuit Court. Bail is set at $4,000. He cannot possess weapons, use illegal substances or have contact with Ecorse High School, according to a statement from the District Attorney’s Office.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 5 before Judge Edward Joseph.
The incident comes as Metro Detroit has seen an increase in school threats following the November 2021 shooting at Oxford High School. The increase has led to criminal charges against potential suspects and shaped how prosecutors crack down on cases.
In Oakland County, District Attorney Karen MacDonald created the Gun Violence Commission to develop a data-driven approach to combating gun violence, conduct threat assessment research in the county, and develop a model to train children and adults to recognize someone in crisis and how to prevent it. react violently.
In Monroe County, a 13-year-old girl is accused of making a false bomb threat against Monroe High School that prompted officials to cancel classes Thursday. As of Friday, investigators said they have submitted their findings to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office to determine if the girl will face charges.
In Macomb County, a 10-year-old Mount Clemens boy was charged as a juvenile this week after he allegedly brought a knife and a so-called “hit list” to classes at Prevail Academy in Mount Clemens.