Student in Ross Township, OH arrested after post about Florida shooting

Student in Ross Township, OH arrested after post about Florida shooting

ROSS TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A Ross High School student was taken into custody Thursday morning, Principal Brian Martin said in a message sent to parents.

Martin said the student made a 'reference' on social media Wednesday night to the shooting that left 17 dead at a south Florida high school.

Ross Township police were alerted to the post and contacted school administration, Martin said in his message.

Police arrested the student around 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

The student, a 14-year-old boy, was booked into the Butler County Juvenile detention center, said Rob Clevenger, an administrator for the court.

Clevenger says police are filing an 'inducing panic charge' against the boy. Police requested that the boy be detained at this time.

Martin said he met with the high school's staff and gave updates to the student body.

"Let me be clear that at this particular time we have no information to suggest that this was a credible threat. However, we always take these situations very, very seriously regardless of the intent of the student." Martin told parents.

Martin also said he wanted to 'thank and congratulate' students, parents, and community members who reached out to the Ross Township Police Department overnight.

"This is a good reminder that if you see something, hear something, or know something please say something." Martin said.

There will be a police presence at Ross High School today as a precaution, said Martin.

The nature of the teen's post and the reference to the high school shooting is unclear at this time.

Ross High School released a statement following the teen's arrest.

Overnight, Ross Township Police became aware of a post made by a Ross High School student on social media which made reference to yesterday’s horrible tragedy in Florida.  The Department immediately contacted district administration.  Through quick coordination between the Ross Township Police and Ross High School, the student was taken into custody off campus at approximately 6:30 AM this morning.   

Ross High School staff members met at 7:00 AM this morning to review the event and discuss questions and concerns.  The student who initially saw the threat on social media and shared the information with her parents is to be commended. Through her quick actions and communication to her parents, police were able to work with Ross administration and respond quickly.  We had multiple students and community members reach out to make us aware of the situation and that should be encouraging to all of us.  That is exactly what we want to happen.

All district administrators, staff, and families have been made aware of the situation.

The Ross Local School District takes the health and safety of its students very seriously. When conduct that endangers that health and safety of students occurs, it is taken seriously and investigated thoroughly, no matter the intent.  This is yet another opportunity for parents to remind their children, “If you see something, hear something, or know something, SAY SOMETHING.”

Brian Martin, Principal

Ross High School

"Just when everyone is saying how great you are is when you're the most vulnerable."

- Walt Disney

The teen is scheduled to appear in Butler County juvenile court at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

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