German Twp. police investigating false shooter report from student

Father says his daughter misunderstood and was scared, but didn’t mean any harm.

German Twp. police are investigating after a student at Northwestern High School allegedly said there was a shooter in the area when there wasn’t.

The school briefly locked down on Tuesday. During that lockdown, one student reportedly texted her father that there was a shooter in the area and he posted about it on Facebook.

The father, Andrew Althouse, said he learned afterward that the lockdown was for a medical situation but students weren’t informed about that. He said his daughter misunderstood and was scared, especially because her mother was shot and killed several years ago.

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There was no one with a gun at or near the school, German Twp. Police Chief Michael Stitzel said, and it caused a lot of panic. An investigation is ongoing, he said, and the student may be charged.

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The student has been suspended but she didn’t mean any harm, Althouse said.

“She was just a scared child,” Althouse said.

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