No felony charge for Beavercreek man’s threat to shoot Kettering LGBTQ+ students



KETTERING — A 43-year-old Beavercreek man is accused of making a threatening call Wednesday about someone shooting LGBTQ+ students at Fairmont High School.

Brandon Dawes Moore was arraigned Thursday in Kettering Municipal Court for inducing panic and telecommunications harassment, both misdemeanors. Following his arraignment he was ordered released from the Kettering City Jail, where he’d been held since his Wednesday afternoon arrest.

Credit: Kettering City Jail

Credit: Kettering City Jail

Fairmont High School received the call at 9:09 a.m. Wednesday.

“The phone call centered around someone coming to the school to shoot (LGBTQ+) students,” an affidavit filed in municipal court read.

Fairmont’s school resource officer was immediately notified of the call. It did not take long before Kettering police determined the call came from a location in Beavercreek and were able to identify the suspect’s home address and workplace.

By 1 p.m., Moore was booked into the city jail on a preliminary felony charge of inducing panic. Kettering police initially sought a felony inducing panic charge and presented it to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

“Our office has reviewed this case and determined that there is no evidence that would support the filing of felony charges,” said Greg Flannagan, prosecutor’s office spokesman.

The misdemeanor inducing panic and telecommunications harassment charges were listed on filing documents as backup charges.

The threatening call to the high school came a day after public discussions of gender-fluid students on its prom court.

Fairmont students’ picks of 18-year-olds Rosita Green as king and Dai’sean Conley as queen last month prompted a gathering of supporters outside school Tuesday afternoon before those opposing the votes addressed the Kettering Board of Education inside.

Kettering Schools said KPD will provide additional coverage at the high school to assist the SRO.

Kettering schools said the safety and security of students and staff members are, “of paramount importance in the Kettering City Schools, and the district pledges to join our Kettering Police Department in holding any person or persons who threatens that safety responsible and subject to consequences to the fullest extent of the law.”

Kettering schools encouraged anyone aware of safety concerns to report concerns to police, school officials or another trusted adult.

Staff writers Eileen McClory and Nick Blizzard contributed to this report.

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