Teen arrested after making shooting threat because she ‘didn’t want to go to school,’ complaint says

Teen makes school shooting threat because she ‘didn’t want to go to school,’ complaint says
Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 11:23 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 20, 2021 at 1:46 PM EST
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - A 13-year-old girl was arrested Monday after she made a TikTok video that she was going to “shoot up Liberty Junior School” because she “didn’t want to go to school,” according to a complaint filed with Butler County juvenile court.

Butler County Sherriff Richard Jones says the TikTok was later posted to Snapchat. A student who saw the video called 911.

Liberty Junior School was notified about the threat and then announced Monday that the school would be closed.

School will be back in session Tuesday which is Lakota’s last day before winter break, Lakota Local Schools Director of School/Community Relations Betsy Fuller said.

Fuller says the school is continuing to work with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the West Chester Police Department.

“We are grateful to our students and families who shared information about this threat. We appreciate our families’ understanding with the last-minute closure this morning. We will always make decisions that have the safety of our students and staff at the forefront,” Fuller said.

She adds that safety concerns should be reported to a school administrator, police, or through the anonymous tip line at 844-SAFEROH.

The 13-year-old is facing one count of making terroristic threats.

“I’ve said this before and will continue to say, we take these threats very seriously,” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said. “Cowards behind the keyboard will be identified, arrested and charged.”

The teen is currently in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center and remains in detention following a hearing on Tuesday.

In addition, Fuller says the 13-year-old is facing disciplinary action in accordance with Lakota’s Student Code of Conduct.

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