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Mason High School student charged with threatening to harm staff member

A Mason High School student was arrested and charged Sunday with threatening to harm a staff member. (FOX19 NOW/file) A Mason High School student was arrested and charged Sunday with threatening to harm a staff member. (FOX19 NOW/file)
MASON, OH (FOX19) - A Mason High School student was charged Sunday with threatening to harm a staff member and potentially other students, a district spokeswoman announced Monday.

The 16-year-old male juvenile was arrested on one count of inducing panic, a misdemeanor, said Tracey Carson, Mason schools spokeswoman.

The teen also faces a school disciplinary charge.

He entered a denial plea Monday afternoon to the inducing panic charge in Warren County Juvenile Court.  The juvenile was ordered to be held until a pretrial on Friday at 1 p.m. where he is expected to appear before Judge Kirby. 

The Mason High School student is accused of texting his intentions to hurt the staff member and potentially other classmates to some students, who "absolutely did the right thing" and immediately alerted school officials via their anonymous SafeSchools tip line. School leaders called police.

"It's everyone's responsibility to keep our schools safe, and they did exactly that," Carson said.

Mason City Schools sent families a letter Monday saying:

Dear Mason City Schools Family,

On Sunday evening, we received several anonymous SafeSchools tips that a Mason High School student had texted intentions to harm a MHS staffer, and potentially other MHS students. We immediately alerted law enforcement, and began investigating the tip.

The student who made the threat was arrested for inducing panic, and also faces school disciplinary charges.

With the help of the police throughout the night, we concluded that it was safe for all of our students and staff to be at school today.

We very much appreciate that the students and parents involved in this situation used the SafeSchools Tip line to report this incident.Our students and staff's safety is always our number one priority. If your child ever feels unsafe, please encourage him or her to talk with a trusted adult, or use the SafeSchools Alert.

1.Phone: 513-972-4910

2.Text: 513-972-4910

3.Email: 1059@alert1.us

4.Web: http://1059.alert1.us

Thanks for your partnership in keeping our schools safe and inviting places to learn.

The high school was open Monday with classes on schedule.

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