Students arrested after drawing, note suggest imminent shooting at Warren County schools

Published: Dec. 17, 2021 at 11:53 AM EST
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WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - A drawing and a note indicating possible school shootings resulted in two Warren County students being arrested.

Both appeared in court on Friday but their cases are separate.

On Tuesday, a 17-year-old Lebanon High School student made a drawing that gave the impression a school shooting would occur, according to court records.

The drawing, the documents claim, showed a person shooting a gun with “die” written above the image.

“This is the worst possible time that you could do something like this; however, it’s just an allegation. You are innocent until proven guilty. However, there are competing interests involved mainly to make sure the community is safe,” Judge Joseph Kirby said during a hearing Friday.

That student is facing a charge of making false alarms.

The second student, a 14-year-old Little Miami student, is facing a charge of inducing panic, court documents show.

On Thursday, the student had “written lyrics” that had a hit list of other students’ names, according to the documents. The lyrics also indicated a school shooting, the documents state.

“That is a felony of the second degree. The maximum punishment of a felony of the second degree is that you can be placed in the Ohio Department of Youth Services, which is our juvenile prison for a six-month period, and they can keep you until you’re 21 years of age,” Judge Kirby said/

Both students will be in the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center for the next two weeks until their pre-trial hearings.

The students’ arrest comes in the same week numerous Tri-State schools amped up police presence in the wake of alleged TikTok videos.

The TikTok video suggests students make bombs or threaten shootings at schools across the country on Friday, several schools claimed.

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