A Lakota schools student has been arrested for making terrorist threats.
The Lakota East Freshman student was arrested Tuesday evening by Butler County Sheriff deputies at his Liberty Township home after his classmates reported he had recently made numerous threats of “shooting the students and blowing up the school,” according to a police report released Wednesday on the investigation and arrest.
The teen produced two knife-like objects when questioned by at home by deputies, said police.
No students were injured and no school classes or activities were altered, said sheriff and school officials.
The teen, who was charged with “making terrorist threats,” remains in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center
According to the deputies’ incident report, five classmates heard the ninth-grader make his threats during early to mid-February.
The suspect admitted to deputies “he did say he was going to shoot the students and blow up the school,” according to their report.
The boy’s guardian stated “he feared that (teen) would at some time carry out the act.”
“He said (the teen) could be very explosive,” stated the police report.
The teen “then went to his room and pulled out two thin metal pieces cut and shaped in the form of a knife,” said police.
Lakota East High School Principal Suzanna Davis, who also oversees the nearby Lakota East Freshman School at 7630 Bethany Road, sent a notice out Tuesday to parents of the freshman school students about the threat but assuring the school’s safe operations.
“At this time we can assure you there is no threat to the safety of East students,” she wrote in the email message that also was sent out to East high school parents.
“The student responsible for making the threat is facing charges from the Butler County Sheriff’s department and will face disciplinary action in accordance with the Lakota Student Code of Conduct,” stated Davis.
This news organization will report more as information becomes available.