SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said a 16-year-old female student has been taken into custody Thursday after an online threat was made that had schools across the country concerned.
Springfield Police, the Clark County Sheriff’s Department and law enforcement across the Miami Valley investigated threats that referenced a school with the initials “S.H.S.”.
A post on the Springfield Police Department Facebook page indicates the original post that led to the investigation came from a fake account.
The two threats were shared across six states and they read:
“Yes S.H.S is the school I want.”
“I will not be telling people what my name is but I will bring a gun to school tomorrow so be prepared to hear shoots.”
Clark County Chief Deputy Travis Russell held a press conference Thursday about this incident. You can watch it here:
The FBI was contacted and Springfield Police learned the location where the threat was made. A search of that location was conducted and several electronic devices were seized.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office took the Springfield High School student into custody around 10:00 a.m. Thursday.
Chief Deputy Russell said the 17-year-old student is facing an inducing panic felony charge, which is a second degree felony.
Police say the threat has been neutralized and the incident is under investigation by Springfield Police, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.
“As I have stated many times and as I will continue to reiterate, student and staff safety is of the utmost importance in our district,” Dr. Robert Hill, Superintendent of the Springfield City School District said. “Threats–whether written, posted on-line, or verbalized to others–will be thoroughly and immediately investigated.”
“Anyone involved in making threats will face serious disciplinary action and additional consequences to the maximum extent of the law,” Dr. Hill said. “School has remained in session and will remain in session. We will reflect on our current safety policies and procedures and will remind students to be diligent in reporting anything that feels out of place.”
“We have top-notch law enforcement officials in Springfield,” Dr. Hill continued. “I thank them for their immediate response and willingness to assist whenever we call on their expertise. Their dedication to the safety and well-being of our students is evident in their commitment and support throughout the school year.”
A post on the Sidney City Schools website indicates law enforcement determined the threat came from outside Ohio.
Springboro Schools posted on its website that Springboro Police, working with Springfield Police, determined the threat was not credible.
Springfield City Schools, Sidney City Schools and Stebbins High School all posted that the schools will have increased security Thursday.
Springboro City Schools posted the following statement on its website:
Springboro Schools Statement of Vague Social Media Post Found Tonight (2/21)
We wanted to make you aware that Springboro Schools has been investigating a vague school threat found tonight on social media. The post referenced a “SHS” school. This post did not specify the word “Springboro,” again it simply stated, “SHS.” This could include any one of the many schools in the area that start with the letter “S.”
While this post is vague in nature, we here at Springboro Schools take this matter very seriously. Our School Resource Officers and administrative team have been in constant contact working with the Springboro Police Department. The Springboro Police Department has been working with several other police departments from two different states, in order to locate the origin of the post.
At this time, the Springboro Police Department, working with the Springfield Police Department, has determined that this is not a credible threat, and our investigation revealed the post originated outside of Ohio.
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