PIQUA — A Piqua High School student was charged with a felony after allegedly making a threat this week.
According to the Piqua Police Department, a 16-year-old male student reportedly sent a text to another student earlier this week that said, “I’m thinking about shooting up the school.”
The student who received the alleged text reported it to the high school principal, Rob Messick, on Monday.
“Any time a threat is made, the student will be escorted to the office, where an investigation will begin by the administrative team and what is known as a ‘Threat Assessment Team.’ We are fortunate to have access to a school resource officer that helps with this process,” District Superintendent Dwayne Thompson said.
The high school staff spoke with the suspect, and the incident was reported to the Piqua Police Department Monday morning at approximately 11:30 a.m.
“He admitted to sending the text, but stated he had no plans to follow through,” Deputy Chief Jason Preston of the Piqua Police Department said.
The suspect was also not capable of carrying out the threat.
“His parents confirmed that he doesn’t have access to weapons here,” Preston said.
The male juvenile suspect was charged with second-degree felony inducing panic in connection with the incident. The suspect was taken into custody and incarcerated at the Juvenile Detention Center.
“We will always take threats seriously and respond accordingly to ensure safety of our students and staff,” Thompson said. “The administrative team and officer did a great job working through this situation.”
Reach Sam Wildow at firstname.lastname@example.org or (937) 451-3336. Belinda M. Paschal contributed to this story.
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