Extra Police at Football Game After Threat
COPLEY, Ohio — Two 15-year-old male high school students have been suspended from school and charged with ‘delinquency by reason of making a false alarm’ after threats surfaced on the social media site Facebook.
Another student saw the threats on Thursday night and reported it to school administrators Friday morning.
According to Copley Police, the sophomore boys made comments about “killing students, detonating a bomb, and planting an explosive device at a school event.”
Copley-Fairlawn Superintendent Brian Poe said the district took the matter very seriously and immediately implemented the crisis plan.
“They were pretty specific threats so we immediately worked with the police department to identify the students and take care of the situation,” said Poe.
Reverse 911 calls were made to every parent and household of the approximate 1,100 students and extra police were brought in for Friday night’s home football game against Orrville.
Also included in the threat was a picture of a gun. It turned out the gun was a small toy but it was photographed to look like a much larger weapon.
“I was pretty frightened,” said one student Friday night.
The marching band was apparently specifically named in the threats although the accused boys also said “they were not serious and recognized that they ran the risk of someone interpreting their conversations as real threats.”
Both boys were suspended and could face expulsion.
The charges filed against them are being processed through the Summit County Juvenile Courts.