Michigan boy, 17, is arrested for making a threat to shoot up a high school which he claims was a ‘joke’ – as police seize an AR-15 from his home

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
By Paul Martin

Cullen Shafer, 17, has been charged with felony threat of terrorism targeting Brethren High School in Michigan
Shafer told sheriff’s deputies he was just kidding while talking to some students
Deputies seized Shafer’s phone and AR-15 belonging to his parents
Alleged threat was made just days after Nikolas Cruz opened fired inside a Florida high school, killing 17 people
Shafer was released from the county jail after posting $100,000 bond

21 February 2018

Authorities in Michigan have arrested a 17-year-old boy for allegedly threatening to shoot up his high school – but he claims he was just kidding.

Manistee County Sheriff’s office contacted Cullen Shafer on Monday after learning that he has made an alleged verbal threat against Brethren High School.

The tip came from a group of students at the school who notified their principal by email, sparking a police investigation.

Shafer was arraigned on Tuesday on a felony count of threat of terrorism, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, reported Mlive.com.

According to his Facebook page, he went to Brethren High School

Deputies seized an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and his cellphone, reported UpNorthLive.com.

Investigators said the gun belonged to the teenager’s parents.

According to the authorities, the threat was reported on Monday but was made last week, just days after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz stormed into a Parkland, Florida, high school armed with a legally purchased AR-15 and opened fire, killing 17 people and injuring 14 others.

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