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2nd Mason 13-year-old in week freed while facing school-threat charges

For the second time this week, a 13-year-old Mason boy accused of making a school threat was released from the Warren County detention center and placed on house arrest.

During a hearing in the case filed and heard Friday, Judge Joe Kirby ordered the child to be freed on electronic monitoring, provided he attends the school program and undergoes a risk assessment at the detention center in Lebanon, according to court filings.

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His internet use was limited to “educational purposes” and he was barred from the grounds of Mason City Schools “unless he is directed otherwise by school administration,” according to court filings.

Kirby ordered the release over objections from Assistant County Prosecutor Cynthia Ellison and without the benefit of results from a polygraph test like those taken in some of the other dozen or more cases filed since the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

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The boy’s lawyer, Ed Perry, “will discuss the option of participating in a polygraph for purposes of plea negotiations,” according to to court filing following the hearing in Warren County Juvenile Court.

The boy is alleged to have said, “I’m going to shoot her with a Glock,” referring to his science teacher, after being reprimanded for having on headphones and watching videos on YouTube on Thursday during class, according to court records.

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On Sunday, another 13-year-old was accused of “circulating a warning of an impending crime, namely someone wanting to shoot students at the Mason Middle School, knowing the warning to be false.”

On Wednesday, he was released on house arrest with electronic monitoring after passing a polygraph, provided he attend school at the detention center.

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Both are scheduled to return to court on May 2.

Also Friday, school officials sent a message about the latest threat and urging parents to talk with their children about the implications of such behavior.

“It cannot be reiterated strongly enough - there is no such thing as a gun joke. In today’s world, students who say “dumb things” like this face being held in juvenile detention centers, and face felony charges. As school leaders, we can’t afford to take any chances. All threats will be taken seriously,” the statement said.

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