MI teen allegedly made threats to Sandy Hook, other schools that had past shootings

(WXYZ) - A 17-year-old man was arraigned in Sterling Heights District Court this afternoon on felony charges.

Police say Dylan Alexander Clark made telephone threats in February to several schools across the country that have been sites of past school shootings including Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, and Arapahoe School in Colorado.

Police in Monroe, Connecticut were able to trace the calls to Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Investigators say he allegedly threatened to burn down Arapahoe High School and also made disturbing phone calls to Columbine and Virginia Tech.

The Sterling Heights Police Department then made the arrest on March 19.  During a search of the suspect's home, police recovered a laptop, a Kindle, a spiral notebook and several cell phones.

Neighbors in the quiet community Clark allegedly lives were stunned to hear of the teen's arrest.

"Not because it happened here… It's just that it's somebody you know that's what surprises me," said neighbor Rick Witwer.

Clark, who was allegedly kicked out of an alternative high school and is currently unemployed cooperated with police.

Investigators are trying to determine the reason behind the calls.

"It's unthinkable," said Sterling Heights Police Chief Michael Reese. "Our hearts go out to the people and the victims of all of these school tragedies and again, we'll dedicate whatever resources that we have to arrest someone and prosecute them."

"If it's a threat like that, it concerns… he concerns me," said Rick Witwer.  "You know, is there a problem?  Can we help the kid?  But I've never seen anything that would indicate any kind of illegal violence."

Dylan has been arraigned on one count of False Report or Threat of Terrorism and one count of Using a Computer to Commit a Crime.

His bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety.  He will be back in court March 31.

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