LIMA — A 16-year-old boy from Butler County was in Allen County Juvenile Court Friday for a hearing after threatening Allen East schools on social media.
The boy was arrested after he was linked to a social media posting that stated “rip allen east.”
The boy was charged with one count of inducing panic. Those charges will follow him to Butler County and any further proceedings will take place there. The hearing was only to determine if he would be held in a juvenile detention center or released.
His mother pleaded with the judge to allow him to be released to her custody.
“I just want to take him home. I’ll make sure he does not come back here. This will not happen again,” she said.
During the hearing, the boy apologized for the trouble he’s caused.
Judge Glenn Derryberry released the boy to his mother and was placed under house arrest.
The threat against Allen East was one of several made in recent days against other schools in the area and Ohio.
In Van Wert, a student was arrested and charged in juvenile court for inducing panic involving a school and telecommunications harassment. Because of that threat, Van Wert schools canceled Thursday.
Crestview schools in Convoy had to deal with a similar threat. Thursday night, a Crestview student was arrested for two counts of inducing panic, both second-degree felonies, and one count of telecommunications harassment, a misdemeanor of the first degree. In a news release, Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach indicated officers executed a search warrant and obtained a confession from the juvenile about the social media posts.
On Wednesday, Shawnee and Spencerville schools were on alert after a threat aimed at “SHS” circulated on social media. It turned out the threat was aimed at Springfield High School in Ohio. A 16-year-old student at the school was arrested in connection with those threats and charged with inducing panic. She appeared in Clark County Juvenile Court Friday afternoon, according to the Springfield News-Sun newspaper.
Elsewhere in the state, Toledo police said social media threats by someone identifying themselves as “B Shooter 15” prompted closings Friday at Whitmer High School and two middle schools at Washington schools in Toledo. Whitmer was to play Lima Senior in basketball Friday night.
Logan-Hocking schools canceled Friday “due to a threat made toward area schools” that police are investigating.
A threat made Thursday to a student by an “unknown caller” prompted officials in Fairfield County’s Lancaster schools to cancel classes at Lancaster High School on Friday. Lancaster police and the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office are investigating. All other Lancaster district schools were open.
Columbus schools said there would be an increased police presence at buildings in the district Friday after several threats were made on social media.
The Associated Press and The (Toledo) Blade contributed to this report.
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