MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – A former Michigan high school student is facing charges after he allegedly used social media to make threats against his former school.
A former student who Detroit News identified Rico Cook, 26, allegedly threatened New Haven High School, Macomb County District Attorney Peter J. Lucida.
Cook was arraigned in 42-2 District Court and charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism and using a computer to commit a crime. Both charges are 20-year felonies.
According to Lucido, threats against schools in southeast Michigan have increased since the tragic shooting at Oxford High School in November 2021. As a result, he takes a “zero tolerance” approach to anyone who threatens violence.
“These threats will be taken seriously and there will be no leniency,” he said in a statement.
Cook’s bond is set at $150,000 with no 10% reserve. He will remain in custody until he posts a bond set by Justice of the Peace Joseph Plawecki.
Cook is also required to complete a pre-release risk assessment, wear an electronic GPS tether and have no contact with New Haven schools.