Grosse Pointe South Student Held Over 'Bomb' Tweet

Grosse Pointe Farms police escorted a South High School student off campus about an hour ago after he sent a Tweet containing the word "bomb" during a Rick Santorum speech.

Grosse Pointe Farms police have escorted one Grosse Pointe South High School student from campus after he used the word "bomb" in a Tweet referencing Rick Santorum, the former presidential candidate who is addressing more than 1,000 students in the gymnasium.

The student was not in attendance at the speech but was elsewhere in the building, according to a source closely related to event security.

The Tweet said: "Hey Mr. Santorum, can you sign this bomb for me?" 

Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Director Dan Jensen told Patch a detective inside the high school caught wind of the tweet. 

The minor was then taken into custody. Police are now waiting for the student's parents to arrive before speaking to the student.

"It definitely doesn't look serious," Jensen said of the Tweet shortly after the incident was brought to his attention.

There have otherwise not been any problems in connection with Santorum's appearance. He is still addressing part of the student body and a question and answer session is scheduled to happen before this portion of his visit comes to an end. 

Katie April 24, 2013 at 07:21 PM
What an immature piece of work. GPFPublic Safety - Time to hold kids responsible for their actions (adults too for that matter). Whoops, I forgot - we're in a society run amuck with unaccountability and narcissism. Real leadership qualities.
Greg Dinskisk April 24, 2013 at 07:45 PM
They already are holding kids responsible for their actions. That's what this article is about. Also, with the whole Bob Bashara thing... isn't he an adult being held accountable for his actions? People are so quick to blame things that aren't the problem.
Kathleen Pappas April 25, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Jensen is absolutely wrong. This IS serious. In this day and age, when a high school student sends out a message with 'bomb' in it...............it is a threat, dangerous and very serious. He/she should be punished to the full extent of the law. We cannot let this go or slip it under the rug. "Zero" tolerance should be the policy in Grosse Pointe Public Schools. Is it???
GP For Life April 25, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Yes. Let's get rid of having our professional law enforcement officers using any form of discretion that they might have accumulated over, in Director Jensen's case, decades of experience and instead just merit out harsh blind justice for stupid and childish pranks that could have been an auto-correct error. That's the type of thinking that we should instill in our children. Don't question circumstance and react viciously and blindly because we as a society are afraid. Maybe you should write some critical thinking curriculum that could be folded in to classes at South to ensure that our children will turn into imbecilic automatons.
GPDAD April 25, 2013 at 05:02 AM
I think the intent was clear, if not very poorly thought out. The kid wanted to disrupt the event, or cause chaos. It was a clever and indirect way of achieving the same reaction that would come from an actual bomb threat, without actually making a direct threat. Kids aren't stupid, especially nowadays. There was clear intent here, wake up and see it for what it was, a form of terrorism really. That kid should at least get a weekend in jail.
Jessica Killen April 25, 2013 at 07:30 AM
Relax. He's a kid. These kids are still navigating the world & we need to address their mistakes & correct them. GP authorities handled it appropriately. It is a good lesson for all teens to be careful about what thay say online. It is a different world now.
GPMom April 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Last I heard, one of the Boston bombers was a "kid" too - I don't consider 19 to be a full blown adult. This "kid" was absolutely old enough to know what he was doing - ESPECIALLY in light of recent happenings. At best, his sense of humor needs a very strong adjustment - at worst, who knows what he was thinking. Toss his butt in jail for the night and give him some time to reconsider his behavior.
Frank Walshingham April 25, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Cut the kid some slack. Whomever it is has to be a looser who did not have the intellectual curiousity to attend the educational event that they were trying to disrupt! Either that or the parents were closed minded liberals who did not want to take the chance of opening their kid's mind.
Sara Eaton Martin (Editor) April 25, 2013 at 08:02 PM
I've deleted a comment that was inappropriate. Please keep in mind, this is a student who has not yet been charged with a crime. I am working on an update of the story, which will be published shortly. Please keep comments appropriate and within Patch terms or risk having them removed.


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