An Michigan 8th grader student has been removed after a video that has been taken out of the school after a video shows him threatening to kill Black people while he allegedly held a firearm.
The student who attends Emerson Middle School, said “I am ready for the n——. Gonna kill them now because I want a lawsuit right now mother——.” The nine-second video surfaced in May 2021 according to The Detroit News, shows the unidentified student holding what appeared to be a BB gun or airsoft gun and declaring. Lt. Charles Lister told the newspaper, the Livonia Police Department was made aware of the Snapchat clip the day before Christmas Eve.
Authorities said they visited the child’s home the same day and took the weapon in the video. Lister said while the footage is “reprehensible,” it’s not clear if it violates any laws.
“We currently have an open investigation. We are working with Livonia Public Schools,” Lister said. “At this point, we don’t believe we have anything that rises to the level of criminal activity to submit a warrant request to the prosecutor’s office. We are waiting to see what is going to transpire with the school system.”
The student has been removed from the school, however, it’s unclear by whom or under what terms. A school spokesperson Stacy Jenkin wrote in an email, “We can’t indicate the reason for the student not being in school, in terms of suspension, etc. Suffice to say, he is not in school at this time.”
In a statement, the director of secondary programs for Livonia Public Schools, Daniel Willenborg, said, “The Livonia police have been involved from the onset of the sharing of this post, and we will continue to follow our investigative procedures and protocols.”
“Without question, the video is despicable and reprehensible and has caused fear and discomfort among many” Willenborg added.
Last Friday, a letter was sent to families about the incident which read in-part “responsibility to respond to racism, discriminatory language, and hateful acts toward anyone in our schools.” They said the district would follow “procedures to ensure…