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Detroit lawmakers warning kids of online threats

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Law enforcement will vigorously investigate and prosecute anyone who makes threats against schools.

  

 

 

That’s the message Detroit US Attorney Matthew Schneider and other officials wanted to make clear Tuesday.

 

Schneider cited the overwhelming surge in online threats that have shut down schools across southeast Michigan these past few weeks.

 

None of the threats appear to have been credible, but Schneider says law enforcement takes every one of them seriously.

 

He warned that kids who make them face losing everything.

 

“And you’ll be humiliated and embarrassed, because you’re the person who caused the school to be shut down.”

 

Some kids caught making these online threats do face severe consequences.

 

Prosecutors in Metro Detroit have charged more than 50 students with making threats of terrorism.

 

Some are being charged as adults. They could face up to 20 years in prison.