Police: Teen taken into custody after threatening to blow up CPS schools

Police: Teen taken into custody after threatening to blow up CPS schools

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati police said they took a 15-year-old male into custody early Monday over allegations he made online bomb threats toward multiple Cincinnati Public Schools.

The teen was picked up in College Hill about 2 a.m., said Lt. Tim Brown, the night chief.

He is accused of making the threats against Dater High School, West High, Aiken High School and Walnut Hills High School, Brown said.

Cincinnati Public Schools are open Monday.

Police do not believe any schools or students are at risk, according to the lieutenant.

The teen, a sophomore at Dater High School, was taken to Hamilton County's juvenile jail. He is held on a felony charge of inducing panic and a misdemeanor charge of telecommunications harassment, said Lt. Stephen Saunders, police spokesman.

FOX19 NOW is among those who reported the student's social media post to police, Saunders said.

Dispatchers received more than 70 calls about the online threat, he said.

That is exactly what police and district officials want the public to do.

Representatives of both agencies expressed gratitude for all the calls.

The student faces expulsion, said Janet Walsh, a spokesman for Cincinnati Public Schools.

The principal at Dater High School is talking with all students Monday about posting anything inappropriate on social media and in particular any kind of threat, even if it isn't viable, she said.

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