MIDDLETOWN (FOX19) - A 14-year-old is charged with inducing panic in connection with a text threat that led to lockdowns at all Middletown City Schools, police say.
The text messages stated that the teen had a gun in her backpack and she “wasn’t sure if she wanted to shoot up the school,” according to the criminal complaint.
She appeared in court Thursday morning and was sent back to Butler County juvenile detention.
“We implemented our crisis response plan, which places the highest priority on the health and safety of our staff, students, and community. Everyone responded quickly and followed prescribed police and school safety procedures," Communications Manager with the City of Middletown Shelby Quinlivan said.
The schools were placed on a “soft lockdown," which means no one can enter the school buildings until further notice, a police dispatcher clarified.
Schools were dismissed as normal.
Some confusion resulted in Lakota schools as well after police tried to locate the phone belonging to the girl who sent in the threat.
The phone showed up at two locations, one in Middletown, the other near Lakota East. That sent Lakota East into lockdown protocol as well, though it was lifted after police determined it was not related to the phone in question.