GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County prosecutor is raising concerns after his office and local law enforcement tracked 15 threats toward schools in the past three weeks.

Out of the 15 threats law enforcement has received and investigated since the start of the school year, charges have been brought in seven cases — two of which were bomb threats.

Chris Becker, the Kent County prosecutor, told News 8 all of the threats were directed toward local schools.

In one case, a 9-year-old was found responsible for the threat.

While that child cannot be prosecuted under Michigan law, young tweens and teens could quickly find themselves in the court system, even if their threat was intended to be a joke.

In most of these cases, if the kids are found guilty, they’ll get probation. But their juvenile records are still available for courts and judges to see if they ever get in trouble again.

“It’s just making the threat, just saying it. You don’t have to intend it,” Becker said, comparing it to saying you have a bomb in your suitcase at the airport. “You can’t say anything like that, you can’t joke about it. It’s not funny. … Your parents are involved, your friends are involved. … It’s not a fun experience.”

Kent County continues to expand the presence of school resource officers. Becker said ever since the Oxford High School shooting almost two years ago, they’ve been working more closely with law enforcement partners.

“We want to make sure that are students are going to be safe,” said Nate Fowler, Superintendent of Lowell Public Schools. “That they’re able to come to school and learn in an environment that’s free from these kinds of disruptions, and these kinds of threats.”

It’s also important to note, in most of these cases, if the kids are found guilty of their respective charges, they will get probation. However, their juvenile record is still available for the court and judges to see if they ever get in trouble again when they eventually become an adult.

“If it’s just said, pretty much, you’re getting charged,” said Becker. “If it meets the criteria for the law where we’re in the situation that we cannot, not charge. It’s too great of a risk.”

Fowler said it comes down to saying something when children or parents see something.

“It’s important for parents to know, just to stay engaged with their kids, with the conversation,” he explained. “And to know they’re interacting with social media, how they’re interacting with their phones. To let their students know, to let their children know, that if they see something online that makes them uncomfortable, that they need to talk to their parents about it, or talk to somebody at the school about it.”

If kids aren’t comfortable reporting a threat to their school’s officer, Silent Observer and OK2SAY are also monitored by law enforcement to help ensure that everyone remains safe.