Schools in Northeast Ohio on High Alert after a Rash of Mass Shooting Threats This Week
Schools across northeast Ohio are on high alert this week as a result of multiple threats in the wake of last week's mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida. Several schools, all within a 20-minute drive of Akron, Ohio, were dealing with threats, and in one case, an actual shooting:
JACKSON TWP.: A seventh-grade student was wounded by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot Tuesday morning, township police said. All Jackson Local schools are on lockdown. All other students are safe, police said. A message posted on the school district website says all four elementary schools will remain closed Tuesday. ( Ohio.com)
The student, who was taken to Akron Children's Hospital with a gunshot wound to the temple, reportedly had in his possession Molotov cocktails and ammunition.
Just a few miles away in Green, Ohio:
GREEN: A 14-year-old is accused of posting images of a handgun on social media and threatening the lives of school students.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office says it was alerted Feb. 18 to threats made by a former Green Middle School student who now lives in Bedford. The suspect allegedly posted images of a handgun on Instagram and threatened to shoot Green students during an online argument.
Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Holland declined to comment on the nature of the argument.
The suspect, whose name was not released, has been charged with telecommunications harassment, a first-degree misdemeanor, and taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center. (Ohio.com)
Twenty minutes to the north in Akron:
AKRON: Akron police have arrested an Ellet High School student who threatened to recreate the mass school shooting that claimed 17 people in Florida last week.
Another suspect who allegedly threatened to assault Firestone High School days earlier with a rifle, handgun, nerve gas and homemade explosive has not been found.
The 16-year-old Ellet student, who is a minor and has not been named, was transported to the juvenile detention center on Dan Street at 2 p.m. Monday. A message posted on his Snapchat account 14 hours earlier, between midnight and 12:08 a.m., had carried the threat “I hate Florida, part 2.”
The student has been charged with terroristic threat, a third degree felony. (Ohio.com)
Forty-five minutes to the north in a Cleveland suburb:
WILLOUGHBY, Ohio -- Two Willoughby South High School students are accused of posting a threat on social media that referenced a school shooting, police said.
The 17- and 16-year-old students were arrested Monday night and charged with inducing panic, marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession, police said in a news release.
Detectives did not provide specific details of the threat or say where it was posted.
The police department has a heightened presence at the high school Tuesday, but classes are not affected, Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools Superintendent Steve Thompson said in a statement.
Several parents called the police department and the school district about 9:45 p.m. to report the threat. Tips from parents and teachers helped authorities identify the two students, police said.
Willoughby police officers and FBI agents from the Painesville office found the two students and took them into custody, police said. (Cleveland.com)