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Student charged with false terrorism

Student charged with false terrorism
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  • On September 13, 2018

By Sarah Barney
A&E Editor

In the early morning of Wednesday, Sept. 5, police arrested 31-year-old LCC student David Tomaszycki of Howell and recovered an unidentified weapon.

Tomaszycki was taken into custody after a different student reported messages from Tomaszycki that made threats against LCC.

That same day, Tomaszycki was charged in Eaton County District Court with making a false terrorism report and maliciously using a telecommunications device. The judge set a cash bond of $50,000 during the arraignment Wednesday, Sept 5.

Kalap Brown, a freshman majoring in science, expressed that he still feels safe on campus.
“If you hear a threat and within a few hours it’s handled, then that kind of guarantees that people on campus are prepared and have a plan and are ready to execute when necessary,” Brown said.

In light of these events, LCC is hosting four safety training sessions. Two are to be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the Gannon Building’s Michigan Room on the downtown Campus.

The next day, Wednesday, Sept. 19, two more sessions are to be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at West Campus room W157.

“We’re going to cover the same exact training we did last year,” said Bill French, LCC’s public safety director. “We’re going to talk about active violence and how you can keep yourself safe.
“Because the police can’t be everywhere always … it’s pretty much your responsibility, if there’s an active violence situation going on, to take care of yourself until police arrive.”

As for what students can do to prevent active violence situations, French encouraged students to be vigilant.

“If you see somebody that’s struggling emotionally or mentally, or they’re acting out, bring it to somebody’s attention so that we can get them help before they cross that line and get themselves in trouble or hurt themselves or others,” French said.

Previously, a 20-year-old student was sentenced in May for sending threats directed at LCC over Snapchat, which led to the evacuation of three campuses.

Police recovered an AR-15 along with magazines and ammunition from that student’s apartment upon arresting him. The student was sentenced to six months in jail.

A hearing for Tomaszycki is set for Sept. 21. The Lookout intends to follow up on this story as it develops.

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