Springboro student accused of 2nd school threat to remain in detention

Warren County Juvenile Court Judge Joe Kirby today ordered the 15-year-old Springboro student accused of his second school threat via social media in the past year to remain in detention, at least until Monday.

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The boy, arrested Friday and charged with inducing panic on school grounds, will remain in the detention center in Lebanon, until Monday.

On Aug. 29, the Springboro High student allegedly “made statements to other students about wearing red to school so that they would not be shot. This statement was relayed to other students, and one notified his coach because he was in fear of his safety,” according to court records.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Assistant County Prosecutor Kathryn Horvath urged Kirby to keep the boy in detention “for public safety.”

The alleged threat was made six days after he was released from detention and placed on probation for grand theft and criminal damaging convictions in the juvenile court.

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Kirby rejected the suggestion of the boy’s lawyer, John Smith, that he be sent home and kept under constant parental supervision.

In the previous school threat case, last October, the boy sent a Snapchat, showing him holding a firearm, to friend at lunch at Springboro Junior High School. A caption said, “Should I bring this to school?”

The boy admitted to sending the messages but “stated that he meant it as a joke and would never bring a gun to school,” records show.

On Dec. 3, the making false alarms charge was amended to attempting to make false alarms, and he was released from house arrest on probation and ordered to do 25 hours of community service.

He is scheduled to return to court at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 9.

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