Strongsville Student Arrested for Making Threat to School

Teen has been charged with inducing panic

A 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 -- 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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Denise March 01, 2012 at 02:35 AM
they think the threat had no merit? I was told IT WAS A BOMB THREAT. That's not funny. I don't want the officers opinion. It's not for him to judge. Or was this boy the son of someone in high standings with our community. I have almost 36 years as a resident of Strongsville. Let the JUDGE take care of him. It all is getting way out of hand. I read about someone caught turfing lawns, he was told "don't do it again". WOW ! bad bad boy. that was one time caught out of how many times he turfed. but we have to sit here and take it. Huh! while they do it again, and again, and AGAIN.
Concerned Parent March 01, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I feel the same with the bullying especially in one of the elementary schools! Principal has Napoleon syndrome and rather be one of the kids! He even shows favoritism during graduation. Definitely should not be a principal!
Concerned Parent March 01, 2012 at 07:35 PM
The society has definatley changfed since we were raised. However if I was caught doing what my parents did it would be considered child abuse now. I remember when I was in elementary school and a child got spanked by the principal. That isn't allowed anymore. We need to look at how much power the kids have, seems to be too much!
Concerned Parent March 01, 2012 at 07:39 PM
This is what I mean on my previous post. When I turfed a lawn accidently (serious it was just an accident) I ended up having to repair the guys lawn and served as a garbage man the following summer! Things need to change all around! Agreed somrhting should happpen to each and everyone of the children that decided it would be funny to "threaten" their school. How is it not considered copy-cat? I don't remember hearing so many threats to schools every other day!
Rachael Winters March 02, 2012 at 07:42 AM
It's not considered a threat because there is no merit to it. Kids who would never seriously follow though on their threats say it either to get the day off school while officials investigate, or they say it ironically and other kids take it seriously. If they write "I'm setting a bomb off at my high school", they could mean it seriously or flippantly, but it's hard to tell which one it is in print. How often do you think/say stuff like "I'm going to kill the next telemarketer that calls and interrupts dinner!" obviously you won't really kill them. And they're not copy cats just because there are "a lot of them" so recently after the Chardon shooting. This kind of stuff is said every day. The Chardon shooter posted on Facebook and no one reported him. People are afraid, and that means they're sensitive to any semi-threatening remark, innocent or not. Yeah, saying you want to kill someone is a stupid thing to write online even if you're only joking, but they are just kids and don't realize it's a crime. People need to calm down and stop babying these kids. Police can tell the difference between a legitimate threat and an illegitimate one. If they canceled school every time someone said something that could be construed as dangerous, there would never be any classes.


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