Mother arrested after threat prompted lockdown at Clermont County Schools

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Published: May. 26, 2022 at 11:21 AM EDT
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CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - A 35-year-old mother is facing making terroristic threats and inducing panic charges after Pierce Township Police Chief Paul Broxterman says she made a threat toward her children’s school.

Chief Broxterman says the clerk at a Marathon on Ohio 125 called police after the woman, 35-year-old Helen Kemplin, came to the gas station and allegedly said she planned to“shoot up her kids’ school” in Union Township.

Broxterman said she had three children with her ages one, nine and 11.

Police looked at surveillance video from the Marathon station and were able to run the Kemplin’s license plates which led officers to her apartment in Batavia where she was placed under arrest.

An emergency lockdown was put in place at Clermont County Schools as police searched for Kemplin. She was located at her home by a deputy.

Broxterman says the children are okay and they are now in the custody of Clermont County Youth Services.

Kemplin did not have any weapons with her, Broxterman said, and police are seeking a search warrant to go through her vehicle and apartment.

Her bond was set at $250,000 on Friday.

Helen Kemplin, 35, is charged with Making Terroristic Threats and Inducing Panic, according to...
Helen Kemplin, 35, is charged with Making Terroristic Threats and Inducing Panic, according to the Clermont County Sheriff's Office.(Clermont County Sheriff's Office)

The chief said there is no active threat at this point and schools are no longer under lockdown.

This is the second threat in two days that led to a lockdown at a school in Clermont County.

An 8th grader was accused of making threats against West Clermont Middle School in Batavia Township on Wednesday.

The Clermont County Prosecutor’s office charged the male student with a misdemeanor count of aggravated menacing and a misdemeanor count of making false alarms, the sheriff’s office said.

The 13-year-old was removed from the school and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.

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