Police: Orchard Gun Threat Not Credible

A police report filed by a parent claimed that a 10-year-old boy threatened a 10-year-old girl with a gun, but police do not believe the threat was credible.

A 10-year-old male student at Orchard Middle School reportedly threatened a 10-year-old girl with a gun, according to a police report filed by a parent of the girl.

But after a quick follow-up investigation, Solon Police do not believe the threat was credible and no charges or further action will be taken by the department, according to Lt. Bruce Felton with the Solon Police.

Witnesses to the Nov. 7 incident, including some who were friends with the victim, told a detective they did not hear the boy mention a gun.

Chris Mazzolini November 19, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Hi Suzi and Dennis: Please understand that our reporting of the Orchard incident was based on the police report and was accurate based on what was filed with the department. And that's why we came back and updated the story, because obviously its a serious matter and we wanted to make sure parents and all of our readers got an accurate picture of what happened. As for the Solon Center for the Arts situation, I would be happy to talk with you both about our handling of that story. Let me know if you'd like to talk.
Dennis Castiglione November 19, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Hi Chris; Happy to talk to you about the handling of both stories, offline. Will be in touch. Dennis
tomcody November 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
again the patch resorts to YELLOW JOURNALISM..!!.
Harry November 20, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I disagree. If it made the police blotter and the police released this information then news outlets have every right to report it as news. The Patch also reported the follow up story. Obviously someone (either the SPD, schools or parents) made it news. The Patch (as a 24/7 news source) did nothing wrong by reporting it.
Harry November 20, 2012 at 02:14 PM
If the city administration thought was happened at SCA was serious enough to merit action through it's fraud policy where an older (protected by certain employment laws) director resigned in a one sentence letter then there is a "smoking gun here". If there wasn't why did even more employees resign after the Director left? What is irresponsible about the kind of journalism?


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