PERRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Four teenagers are under arrest, accused of making a bomb threat against a local high school on Facebook. The threat forced the school to cancel classes Thursday.
The threat was made against Central Catholic High School in Perry Township, near Canton. Police say around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, they received a call that a posting on Facebook indicated an explosion and shooting was to take place at the school.
"We conducted a sweep of Central Catholic High School for any explosive devices that there may have been, K-9s indicated in two areas that were areas of interests in this case," said Perry Township Police Chief Michael T. Pomesky.
It turns out no explosives were found. Investigators arrested and charged four people: a 17-year-old boy, 18-year-old Adam Fuetter, 18-year-old Zack Parker and 18-year-old Stephon Jones.
Police say the teens are not students at the school, and say they broke into a second-story window to get inside.
"The opportunity for the posting came from an open Facebook account, out of a teacher's classroom. The account was just active and it provided an opportunity for them to actually utilize the account to make the posting," said Pomesky.
Police also say the young men left behind threatening messages inside the school that might have created a panic, if the Facebook posting had not been discovered. They also left behind evidence that helped police identify who they were.
"Central's a pretty safe environment, I don't ever feel scared going to school there. It's a great school, so I definitely think we're secure, especially with our administration there. They'll make sure that nothing bad happens, but it's definitely a scary matter," said student Tatum Baker.
"I think it's also scary too, but I know that nothing else will happen. I think everybody's got it under control and it's all good I think," said student Melissa Deville.
The teens are charged with breaking and entering and inducing panic.
Perry Township police say they received help from several other agencies, including Canton police, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, Perry Township Fire Department, and the school’s staff.
Police say extra officers will be on hand at the school when classes resume Friday morning.