Facebook post prompted Dixie High School student’s arrest

The Dixie High School student arrested last Thursday on felony inducing panic charges told district officials and police his controversial Facebook post was not a threat, according to a New Lebanon police report.

In addition to being arrested, the police report reveals school officials suspended the 17-year-old male for 10 days and recommended him for expulsion.

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“I always wondered how people think about shooting a school up,” the post read in part. “Now I know why (because) our so called teachers like to single kids out 24/7 and never give them a break. I see why people shoot up school…”

Parents began calling Dixie High School on Thursday about the Facebook post, prompting Principal Brad Wolgast to call police, according to the report.

The student was in class when Wolgast and a police officer pulled him out into the hallway, the report said. This news organization is not identifying the student because he is not charged as an adult.

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Confronted with a screenshot of the Facebook post, the student admitted he wrote the post but repeatedly said the post was not a threat, according to the police report.

The student was arrested, placed into handcuffs, and transported to the Juvenile Justice Center on charges of inducing panic, a second-degree felony.

A person who answered the student’s home phone Tuesday and identified himself as the student’s father declined to comment about the charges.

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