A student is facing criminal charges after police say he admitted to writing a threat on a bathroom wall at Milford High School.

The assistant principal was conducting a random inspection last Thursday when he discovered the words “Don’t Come to School Tuesday” written on the wall above a urinal in the men’s bathroom. The Milford High School liaison deputy with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Highland Township substation reviewed surveillance video and while interviewing several students, two admitted that they knew who wrote the statement because they had observed him write it. The student suspect was briefly interviewed at the school and transported to the Highland Township Substation, where 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 inside the cell phone, laptop computer, the student’s bedroom or inside the Milford Township residence. All firearms in the residence were inside a gun safe, which the student does not have access to.

The 17-year-old student was lodged at the Oakland County Jail. The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office has since issued one count of malicious destruction of a building less than $200 against the student, who was expected to be arraigned in 52-1 District Court in Novi. (JM)