Teens charged with plotting attack on school in court

Three teenagers accused of plotting a rampage at several schools in Linden, facing a judge Wednesday.

Three teenagers accused of plotting a school rampage in Linden, facing a judge Wednesday.

In a Genesee County courtroom during a preliminary exam, a student read social media posts in a Genesee County courtroom during a preliminary exam. "'Summoning the demon of a school shooter,'" the student said, reading the post. "'Brian says school shooting in 5, 4, 3, 2.'"

On October 28 a Linden High School officer was made aware of threats against a female student on Instagram. The threats were of a shooting  planned for two days later.  The student testified the three boys had been harassing her.

"I felt threatened, I was scared to go home," she said. "He said he would hit a woman and if it was my friend he would do it for free."

On Oct. 29, police arrested 18-year-old Ryan Stevens from Linden, and his two friends 15-year-old Cody Brewer of Wolverine Lake and Lamar Michael Dukes of West Bloomfield - all charged as adults.

"We placed officers at the school out of the abundance of caution to make sure nothing happened," said Henrik Impola of the FBI.

The agent testified that text messages were discovered between the three planning to purchase weapons.

Police say it all started from one social media post, read by the female student on the stand: "'Hey Ryan posted this picture of you and it wasn't so nice. So I went and looked on their phone and I found that.' So I got on my phone and I commented back."

Attorney: "What did you say?"

"I don't remember but I just called him out like he called me out," the student said.

The threats were never carried out but police weren't taking any chances. The student admitted the same.

"I didn't feel like Cody was going do me harm." she said. "I felt like Lamar was going to."

All three defendants asked for their bonds to be reduced but  the judge denied that request.
The preliminary exam will continue Feb. 24th.


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