Chardon Gets Shooting Threat; Tip Line Launched

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CHARDON, Ohio -- It's only been a little more than six months since the deadly shooting at Chardon High School.

On Monday, police said a 15-year-old student was arrested for threatening to carry out an eerily similar attack.

"He had checked out the gun, practiced with it.  He said he was going to come to the school and shoot some people in the cafeteria that didn't treat him right," said Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna.

Police said the student told a group of boys at his bus stop Monday morning.

The boys then told a parent and school officials who then alerted police.

"It was brought to the school’s attention by 4th or 5th period that morning.  We immediately responded.  And through our investigation, we determined that the 15-year-old boy did make the threat," said Chief McKenna.

The quiet community is still reeling after the deadly shooting inside the cafeteria that left three students dead and wounded two others.  A sixth student was grazed by a bullet.

 T.J. Lane, 17, has been charged in the killings.

"I'd say if anything has changed here, it is that parents are more attentive to their children now," said Tony Niksick, a parent.

Since February's shooting, the school district has implemented many safety features for students and parents.

On Wednesday, Fox 8 News was there when the district officially launched an anonymous tip line on the district's website where students can report threats of any nature.

"They can report any unusual incident, whether its bullying or harassment or drug use, etc…" said Joseph Bergant, the superintendent.

*Click here to report bullying...

*Click here to report issues that affect safety or education...

*Bullying and safety issues can also be reported by calling 1 (866) listen2me.  Callers have the option to leave a recording or speak to someone.

The website is a tool in addition to on-campus counselors and peer groups.

It allows students to make a report 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

"It does take a lot of courage to step up and say something.  I encourage people to do it.  These students followed the advice.  And I think that they feel secure and safe.  They want the school to be safe. This is their school.  And they don't want anything bad to happen to themselves or anyone else," said Bergant.

It's also an assurance for parents and a community still healing.

"People are really paying attention, and it's awesome to see the community come together like this for the safety of our children," said Erin Niksick, a parent.

The student accused of Wednesday’s threat is being held in the Portage County Detention Center, where he will stay until a Sept. 20 court hearing.

Police said the teen has a prior juvenile court record.

Chardon High School Principal Andy Fetchik said the school has not yet taken action to discipline the student as he is in custody.

( web producer Lindsay Buckingham contributed to this report.)