Student arrested for threats made against Fairfield Freshman School

Student arrested for threats made against Fairfield Freshman School
Extra police are at Fairfield Freshman School Friday in light of an alleged threat, authorities say. (Source: Mike Woeste)

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (FOX19) - A student was arrested Friday in connection with threats made against Fairfield Freshman School.

The Fairfield Police Department says the 14-year-old is charged with inducing panic, a felony.

The 9th grade student was arrested at his home and taken to the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center.

Police presence was increased at Fairfield Freshman School as a precaution, police and school officials said.

“On September 12, 2019, we received information that an individual made a threat against the Fairfield Freshman School. The threat is being investigated and we are working closely with the Fairfield City Schools to resolve this as quickly as possible.,” a police spokesman, Doug Day, wrote in a news release Friday.

"Our presence at the school will be increased until the investigation has been completed. Further information will be released as it becomes available. We encourage anyone with information regarding this threat to contact the police department at (513) 896-8200.

School officials released a lengthy statement that was sent to families and posted to the district’s website:

"In an effort to keep you informed, the following is the text of a rapid notification call sent this morning, September 13, to families of students at the Freshman School, the high school and Compass Elementary. The district was made aware of an alleged threat against our freshman school late Thursday evening.

"As you know, the district takes any threat to the safety and security of our students and staff very seriously. The alleged threat is currently being investigated by local law enforcement agencies, and the district has been working closely with the City of Fairfield Police Department and will continue to do so.

"The student that made the alleged threat is not permitted to be on campus today. As a precaution, the City of Fairfield Police Department will be providing an additional police presence at FFS today.

“If you are a parent or guardian of a student at Compass or FHS, you are receiving a call because of the building’s close proximity to FFS. The district will provide more information as it becomes available.”

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