Strongsville Student Arrested for Making Threat to School
Teen has been charged with inducing panic
A Strongsville High School student was arrested this morning for allegedly making a threat of violence at the school.
The teen was taken into custody after a "using social media to make a threat," Detective Sgt. Dave Tomcho said.
Tomcho said police were notified of the threat this morning, but found no reason to believe the youth planned any violence.
"There was absolutely no merit to the threat," he said.
But the message the youth posted -- which came a day after the fatal shootings at Chardon High School -- was quickly passed along by fearful students.
"It created a panic," Tomcho said.
Although it followed the Chardon shootings, Tomcho said it was not a "copycat" threat. He declined to say exactly what the youth posted on a social media site.
The boy will be charged with inducing panic in Juvenile Court. He was released to his parents.
Superintendent Jeff Lampert could not be reached for comment, but has reportedly said the student has been suspended and could be expelled.
In Portage County, a student at Crestwood High School was arrested this morning after officials became aware of some messages he posted on his Facebook page. The page includes a profile picture showing the 17-year-old holding an assault rifle.
He has been charged with inducing panic, aggravated menacing and telecommunications harassment.
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