- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) - A teenage loner has pleaded guilty to making a false threat of terrorism against his Grand Rapids-area school.

The threats were made to Rockford schools and a local family by others whom the 16-year-old met over the Internet. Superintendent Mike Shibler (SHY’-blur) told a judge Thursday that the “numerous threats” created an atmosphere of “anxiety and fear.”

The threats cost police and the Rockford school district as much as $100,000. The teen was charged as a juvenile and will likely undergo therapy.

Defense attorney David Dodge says the boy deeply regrets his actions. He says the boy lacked friends and went online to meet others.

The Associated Press typically doesn’t name minors charged with crimes.


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