Court charge faces Kettering Fairmont freshman in school shooting threat



A Fairmont High School freshman facing felony inducing panic has been charged in court, accused of a school shooting threat that canceled all classes Tuesday.

The 14-year-old is accused of causing “serious public inconvenience or alarm by initiating a report or warning of alleged or impending fire, explosion, crime or other catastrophe, knowing that such a report or warning was false,” Montgomery County Juvenile Court records state.

A hearing was held Wednesday with the teen, his mother and the defendant’s attorney present, court records show. A denial was entered on the charge, a second-degree felony, documents state.

His attorney did not immediately respond to a phone message Thursday afternoon.

The teen has been remanded to the county juvenile detention center, and ordered to undergo mental health and psychiatric assessments, according to the document signed by Judge Helen Wallace.

“The continuation of the child in their home would be contrary to their welfare” and “the court finds the child to be at imminent risk if not removed,” the court’s finding states.

The case is scheduled for a preliminary conference next week.

Kettering police arrested the teen Tuesday morning after officials said he made an “extremely concerning” social media threat that led the district cancelling school.

The threat on Instagram mentioned “shooting up Fairmont” around noon Tuesday and was reported by a parent around 7:45 p.m. Monday, Kettering police records state.

“It appeared the suspect was trying to tell ‘friends’ not to be there” at school, according to the police report.

There were weapons in the teen’s house, but Kettering Police Chief Chip Protsman said officers didn’t think there was any intent at all to use them.

Tuesday morning, Kettering school officials released a statement that read, in part, “the disruption to the school day for 2,400 students and our staff members, the emotional toll these actions take on our families and community, and the sheer drain on manpower needed to handle this situation will not be tolerated.”

Kettering Superintendent Mindy McCarty-Stewart said the student would go through “due process,” but likely would be suspended with an ultimate recommendation for expulsion.