Edgewood cancels all classes after student threatens to shoot up high school, sheriff say

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Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 at 9:28 AM EDT
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - A 15-year-old Butler County teen threatened to shoot up Edgewood High School with another student and then kill the 15-year-old by shooting him in the head, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

The 15-year-old male student who is believed to have made the alleged threat was arrested overnight on a charge of making a terroristic threat and taken to the county’s juvenile detention facility in Hamilton by 2 a.m., according to Jones and the incident report.

A statement from Edgewood City Schools says the sheriff’s office needed extra time to investigate the possibility of a second individual being involved, so the decision was made to cancel all classes district-wide Wednesday.

No staff or students were to report. Parents of middle school students received a text from the district that all students were safe and being held in the school until a parent or guardian picked them up.

“We take all threats seriously,” Sheriff Jones said. “Parents should explain to their kids that this will be handled seriously and could result in serious ramifications. This is not a video game. This causes multiple disruptions and puts fear in the community.”

An out-of-state caller alerted the sheriff’s office about the threat, which was discussed on Instagram Tuesday night, the incident report states.

There were firearms at the teenager’s home but locked in a safe, according to the report. The student was supposed to bring weapons to school.

According to the school district, the sheriff’s office determined there was no proof of anyone else being involved.

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