A student who police say admitted to writing a threat on a bathroom wall at Milford High School will be in court this coming week.

17-year-old Tristan Knuutinen-Wineman is charged in 52-1 District Court in Novi with a single count of malicious destruction of a building less than $200. He is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial hearing March 7th. The assistant principal discovered the words “Don’t Come to School Tuesday” written on the wall above a urinal in the men’s bathroom while conducting a random inspection February 22nd. The Milford High School liaison deputy with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Highland Township substation reviewed surveillance video and interviewed several students before identifying Knuutinen-Wineman as the suspect. Police say he admitted to writing the statement on the wall but did so in jest and meant no harm. The student’s mother was contacted and consent was given for a search. The Sheriff’s Office says nothing suspicious was found on the student’s cell phone, laptop computer, nor in his bedroom or inside of the family’s Milford Township home. All firearms in the residence were inside a gun safe, which police said the student does not have access to.

Knuutinen-Wineman is free on a $5,000 personal bond pending his court hearing but was ordered to not return to Milford High School until cleared by the school district. (JM)