A Miami County Juvenile Court judge Tuesday called a threat written on a Troy Junior High School restroom wall “a stupid act” by a now 14 year old who was ordered to complete probation, counseling and community service.
The boy, who was 13 when the threat was found on the wall Feb. 20, will not go to juvenile detention, although prosecutors asked that he spend the rest of the summer in confinement.
Judge W. McGregor Dixon in June found the teen a delinquent juvenile for committing a felony offense of inducing panic. The teen earlier admitted to a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.
He made no comment during the dispositional hearing.
County Prosecutor Tony Kendell asked Dixon to place the teen in detention for the rest of the summer in order to emphasize the need to protect the public, and hold the teen accountable.
“There were a lot of parents worried about the safety of their children… ,” Kendell said. “I think it’s important that a message be sent to the parents to let them know that we take these kinds of things very seriously, and their children will be safe.”
Defense lawyer Andrew Wannemacher said the teen had limited cognitive ability and had talked to a teacher about a threat made the previous day at the Troy High School. The teen copied that incident and didn’t understand totally the significance of his action, he said. He asked the judge to keep the teen out of detention.
Dixon said the teen was 13 at the time of the incident and admitted to the offense within hours of the message being found.
“This was a stupid act of a 13-year-old adolescent who does have some issues of cognitive impairment … ,” Dixon said. “The court does not believe that an event like this will happen again (with this juvenile.)”
The teen was ordered to get individual and family counseling, avoid further acts of violence, follow recommendations of a case manager, follow a curfew to be set by the probation office, complete community service and write “a sincere letter of apology” to the Troy schools.