Suspect in custody after reported threat made toward Hamilton High School

Suspect in custody after reported threat made toward Hamilton High School
Kole Lavender (Butler County Jail)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A suspect is in custody after making a threat on social media regarding Hamilton High School, according to the Hamilton Police Department.

Lieutenant Dan Pratt said the threat quickly spread via various social media outlets.

The incident was investigated by the Hamilton Police Department’s Investigations Section and 18-year-old Kole Lavender was charged with making a terroristic threat and transported to the Butler County Jail.

Principal John Wilhelm sent a note to parents in response to the threat.

"Student safety is the top priority for our schools. At 10:35pm Hamilton High School administrators were informed of a threat made on social media targeting Hamilton High School. HHS administration immediately informed Hamilton Police and turned over all information. Following an investigation, the student was taken into custody and charged accordingly. We take all threats seriously and will continue to work together with the Hamilton Police Department to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We will continue to work with HPD and inform you with additional information as we receive it.

We appreciate our community, staff, and students who reported information in this process. We can not stress enough the importance of and our dedication to keeping our building safe. As always “see something, say something”, and thank you for those who did tonight.

Hamilton High School will be in session tomorrow, Thursday, February 21st."

Police said no other suspects are involved in the threat.

The Hamilton City School District was notified and is cooperating with the investigation.

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