A 15-year-old Warren County boy was released from detention on Friday, while facing charges accusing him of threatening a shooting at Mason High School.
School officials said 40 percent of students at the high school were absent the next day.
The Deerfield Twp. boy had been in the Warren County juvenile detention center since April 19, when he is alleged to have written “I’m going to shoot this bitch up” on the wall of a bathroom at the high school.
He is charged with making false alarms and inducing panic.
On April 19, Mason City Schools reported to parents:
“Tonight, the Mason Police Department arrested a Mason High School student who posted a non-specific threat in a MHS bathroom. We appreciate the thorough work of our law enforcement partners and MHS administrative team and staff.
We will have a robust law enforcement presence at all of our schools on Friday, and will have other measures in place that we aren’t sharing publicly. We always support a parent’s decision to do what is in your best judgment when it comes to your child’s safety - and an absence will be counted as excused.
We understand how disturbing threats are for your family. They are for our Mason City Schools staff, too. We are all working hard to share the message that making a threat is very serious and has enormous consequences for the person who does so, and a community.”
On Friday, Kirby released the boy to his mother on house arrest, barred him from weapons and Mason City Schools property or buildings “unless otherwise directed by school personnel”, and restricted his internet and social-media access.
“Matter shall remain open until further order of the court,” Friday’s entry concluded.