5th Warren County student freed after polygraph, admission, sentence

Judge Joe Kirby released two Warren County students from detention this week. LAWRENCE BUDD/STAFF
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Judge Joe Kirby released two Warren County students from detention this week. LAWRENCE BUDD/STAFF

A 10-year-old Franklin boy and 15-year-old Lebanon High School girl were released to their guardians in two of nine school threat cases filed in Warren County since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. in February.

On Monday, the girl was released to her grandmother after spending 21 days in the Warren County detention center for threatening a teacher at Lebanon High School.

On Tuesday, the boy was spared detention while facing an inducing panic charge alleging he threatened to shoot up the school after being bullied.

Judge Joe Kirby decided to end the girl’s detention after she passed a polygraph test. He placed her on house arrest and prohibited her from returning to the high school or coming in contact with the teacher or her family after she admitted to aggravated menacing.

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The girl, her grandmother and her lawyer explained she was the victim of a crime living with her grandmother and two siblings, all suffering the effects of their mother’s past heroin use, while the mother served a prison term on drug and robbery charges.

“You do realize it wasn’t a week before that a kid shot up a school and 17 people were killed,” Kirby said, noting reports that 600 copycat cases have followed the Feb. 14 case in Florida, the latest in a series of school shootings across the nation.

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The girl admitted to twice threatening to kill and stab a teacher at the high school on Feb. 20, but promised not to carry knives or come in contact with the teacher or her family, except to offer a letter of apology through the court’s victim advocate.

“I didn’t mean any harm by it. It was just a pop-off,” she said.

Kirby also ordered her to complete 25 hours of community service with a non-profit organization and prohibited her from smoking marijuana, which she tested positive for when she was detained.

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“You understand this teacher is scared to death of you?” Kirby asked, before ordering her to continue mental health treatment and attend anger management counseling.

The girl has been held since Feb. 20 on an aggravated menacing charge, according to court records indicating detention was chosen over releasing her to her parents because of a “zero-tolerance policy” at the school.

Kirby has freed five schoolchildren detained after making threats after the Florida shooting, once they passed a polygraph.

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The girl’s grandmother appealed to the judge for help.

“I’ve been dealing with this for the last year and a half,” she said, adding it would be several months before she could get the girl an appointment for more medication at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, where she had been referred for help.

Kirby said such problems were not unusual in cases he handles in the juvenile court in Lebanon.

On Tuesday, he ordered the boy to undergo an assessment and stay away from Schenck Elementary and the student who bullied him, while the case was pending.

“They keep getting younger and younger,” Kirby said, after learning a 10th case, involving a 10-year-old from South Lebanon was to be filed.

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