Ryan Stevens, 18, and two
15-year-olds were charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree premeditated
murder and false report or threat of terrorism. The Michigan teens revealed
their plot on Instagram.
USA TODAY reported the teens were
targeting Linden High School and nearby Linden Middle School. Argentine
Township Police Chief Daniel Allen said a school resource officer obtained
information about the plot and informed authorities. The teens were arrested
the next day beginning with Stevens, a former Linden student.
"Sadly, these things happen
a lot across the country and you have to take them seriously," Allen said.
"I took it seriously. The FBI took it seriously. Obviously, by the
charges, the prosecutor took it seriously."
Officials report no one was
harmed during the threats and no official motive has been revealed.
The conspiracy charge is
punishable by life in prison while the terrorism charge is punishable by up to
20 years in prison.