Students React to Teen’s Instagram Threat Against School

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio -- A Lorain County teenager is in serious trouble after reportedly threatening to shoot up a local high school.

While some say the former student was misunderstood, police found the threat too serious to ignore.

It was all quiet at North Ridgeville High School Saturday, a day after concern over a posting on the social media site Instagram.

According to North Ridgeville Police, Nicholas Hinton, 19, a former student, wrote that he was contemplating shooting up the school.

Dylan Kuhn said he doesn’t believe his friend would do such a thing.

"He said contemplating and he was just being sarcastic. He would never have any actions like that. He's not a violent kid at all," he said.

Police said school officials alerted them to the posting and they wasted no time taking action. Police say Hinton was arrested at a friend's home Friday morning, before the start of school.

North Ridgeville High School student Heather Terry learned of the incident during the day.

"I mean it could happen at any school because it has been known to, but I don't think it would be from Nick,” she said.

Kuhn said Hinton got into trouble over a similar incident last year.

"It really does look bad on him but, it's all been misunderstood," he added.

Police said Hinton was taken into custody without incident and no weapons were found in his possession at the time of the arrest. While the motive is not clear, police do not believe Hinton was targeting any one person or persons at the school.

"He wouldn't target anyone. He's not a violent kid at all," Kuhn added.

Police said Hinton remains in Lorain County Jail. He has been charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing.

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