Howland police: School threat on social media not credible; former student taken into custody

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HOWLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Howland Township Police Department gave an update early Friday morning concerning an investigation into a social media threat regarding Howland Middle School.

According to Chief of Police Nick Roberts, police were able to determine that a fake Snapchat account was created by a former student who no longer lives in Ohio.

The investigation determined that there is no credible threat to the safety of the students in Howland.

Chief Roberts said the department is working with other law enforcement agencies to be sure those responsible are brought to justice.

“The Howland Township Police Department will continue to remain vigilant in the protection of our residents and students,” the chief said.

Here is what the department posted on Facebook Thursday evening:

“The Howland Twp. Police Dept. is aware of recent threats that have been made this evening on social media regarding the Howland Middle School. We are actively investigating these threats and request that anyone with information relevant to the subject call the Trumbull County Dispatch Center 330 675-2730 or leave a private message on our Facebook page. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.”

Here is what the Howland Local School District posted on  Facebook:

“Parents and guardians. We want you to know we are aware of the threat made this evening to the Middle School for tomorrow. We want to assure you we have taken the threat seriously and have been in constant communication with the Howland PD to investigate and update when able.”

Parents tell FOX 8 a call from the school states there will be a police presence at the school on Friday; also, if a parent decides to keep their child home from school on Friday, that’s okay.

**Update 3/23/18**- Howland police released the following update Friday morning on the threat. “With the cooperation of the Birmingham, Michigan Police Department, a former Howland student was taken into custody early this morning in Birmingham as the result of a joint investigation. The Birmingham, Michigan Police Department will become the lead agency on this investigation. Our investigation has determined there is no credible threat to the Howland School system. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

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