A Michigan teenager is facing felony terrorism charges after he allegedly made harassing phone calls to Sandy Hook, Arapahoe and other schools that have been the sites of school shootings.
On Feb. 11, Dylan Alexander Cook, 17, of Sterling Heights allegedly called Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and 6 adults were killed in December 2012, claimed to be a relative of the shooter and then listed the names of all of the children who died in the tragedy at the Newtown, CT school, the Macomb Daily reports.
Sterling Heights police were notified after authorities in Monroe, CT, where Sandy Hook Elementary students now attend school, obtained a subpoena and traced the calls back to Michigan.
During the investigation, authorities linked Clark to a call made the same day to Arapahoe High School in Colorado by a caller who threatened to burn the school, Sterling Heights police told the newspaper. One student died in the shooting there last December.
Clark was arrested Wednesday and charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism, a 20-year felony, and using a computer co commit a crime, punishable by 20 years to life in prison.
Police said they seized a laptop, a Kindle, a spiral notebook and cell phones during a search of Clark’s home.
Sterling Heights Police Chief Michael Reese told the newspaper there was no immediate threat to local schools, but the police department took immediate action – as it does with all potential threats to school or public safety.
Security has been enhanced at area schools over the past year.
“We have worked very closely with Utica Community and Warren Consolidated school districts to improve security measures, and we feel that they are doing everything they can to be proactive and responsive to potential future threats,” Reese told the newspaper. “This case is an example on how the Sterling Heights Police Department will remain vigilant and respond to all potential threats or pranks involving our schools to protect our kids.”