Three Medina County students have been arrested on charges for allegedly making threats in separate incidents.
Two Medina middle school students each face a felony charge of inducing panic for alleged threats, according to a news release from Medina Schools. A Highland High School student faces a charge of inducing panic for allegedly bringing a pellet gun to school, according to school spokeswoman Dawn Marzano.
All three were being held Friday in Medina County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the schools.
On Thursday, a Claggett Middle School student was arrested by Medina police after the student allegedly wrote a threat on a bathroom stall.
An automated message from Medina Superintendent Aaron Sable informed parents of the situation Thursday, stating that police investigated the threat and it was determined that it was not credible.
The student reportedly admitted to writing the threat on the wall and was arrested by the Medina police.
“We have received several questions regarding student safety and school attendance,” an automated message from Sable said. “Student and staff safety is a priority. If the police or the district felt there was a legitimate risk to our students and staff, our schools would not continue to be open.”
On Friday an A.I. Root Middle School student was arrested by Montville Township police after the student allegedly used social media to spread a threatening message.
Medina and Montville police worked with the local FBI office to identify the source of the message.
The Root student admitted to creating a secondary social media account and sending a threatening message to himself/herself, before sharing it with other students through social media.
“I have no doubt that you have seen in the media that many of our surrounding districts are combating similar safety issues,” Sable said Thursday in the message.
“I believe that this is due to copycat situations because of the media coverage as well as students, staff and parents being more vigilant with recognizing and reporting safety concerns.”
A news release Friday said there was no active threat to the students or staff at Claggett or Root.
Highland Superintendent Catherine Aukerman said in a statement Friday that sheriff deputies were called to Highland High School that morning after a student said another student had a firearm.
The student was immediately isolated until deputies arrived, the statement said.
“Our students are to be commended for coming forward and reporting (it),” Aukerman said.
“They did exactly what we taught them to do.”
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