LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Four students facing charges in connection with school threats will remain locked up at the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center until another hearing next week.
Three teenagers accused in threats at Lebanon schools and a 12-old girl arrested after a threats at Waynesville High School and Middle School last week briefly appeared in a juvenile courtroom Monday morning.
All of the students entered denial pleas and will return to court May 16.
Warren County Prosecutor Dave Fornshell has said he fed up with a rash of school threats in the area recently. Over the past year, 17 juveniles have been charged with making school-related threats, he said. Most of those, 15, face felony charges.
He has urged parents to talk to their children to help them understand the seriousness of making such threats - and the swift consequences that will follow.
The trio charged with the Lebanon schools threats - a 15-year-old male and two 14-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were booked into the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center Friday, he said.
The 14-year-olds were arrested for separate misdemeanors of making false alarms on Friday, he said. In both situations, Lebanon Junior High School staff and Lebanon police officers assigned to the school were able to identify the suspects immediately after they made the alleged threats.
"These threatening messages were determined to be a hoax," Fornshell wrote. "Due the quick response by all those involved, the Lebanon Junior High School was able to avoid evacuating the students and staff.
Also on Friday, Waynesville police took a 12-year-old girl into custody after they say she made threats against Waynesville High School and Middle School Thursday and Friday.
The girl faces charges of inducing panic and making false alarms.
Police say they believe she acted alone in both threats.