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Novi Police identify five individuals involved in threats at Detroit Catholic Central High School

Release date: Monday, November 4, 2019
Contact: Scott Baetens, City of Novi Assistant Chief of Police 248-347-0504

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NOVI, Mich., November 4, 2019 – The Novi Police Department is presenting its investigative findings to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office today for review of charges related to a pair of incidents at Detroit Catholic Central High School.

Novi Police, with the support of the school’s administration, began its investigation on Friday, Oct. 25 into comments made on social media in reference to the high school. The investigation began after a parent reported their child had told them an individual wearing a “Guy Fawkes” mask from the movie “V for Vendetta” was making unsettling statements via social media to students at the high school.

The Novi Police Department, with help from its Federal partners, conducted a comprehensive investigation that led to the identification of three Catholic Central students who were accomplices to the original poster. The original poster is an individual who lives with his parents in Ohio.

Following that investigation, on Thursday, Oct. 31, another picture of “Guy Fawkes” was being circulated among the Catholic Central students with the claim that during Mass on Friday, everyone would be wearing masks and start killing. Additional Novi investigators were brought in and were able to quickly identify the original poster of that image, a student from Catholic Central High School who was not related to the first incident.

All five individuals have been identified and spoken to by law enforcement officials. The criminal acts involved are punishable by a charge up to a 20-year felony for making terroristic threats. Detroit Catholic Central High School will be levying applicable school discipline to the four students involved. Classes are scheduled to resume normal activity on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The Novi Police Department and Detroit Catholic Central remain steadfast in providing a safe learning environment for all students. Any and all threats made against the schools, students, and staff will be fully investigated by all means necessary.

For more information on the Novi Police and Fire Departments, visit cityofnovi.org.