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Ross High School student to stay incarcerated for alleged social media threat

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 3:28 PM
By: Lauren Pack - Staff Writer

The Ross High School student who is facing a felony charge of inducing panic for an alleged social media post referencing the Florida school shooting will remain in juvenile detention until his next court hearing.

The 14-year-old boy was arraigned in Butler County Juvenile Court on Friday, where a magistrate ordered he remain in juvenile detention. He is scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 22 before Judge Kathleen Romans.

Ross police arrested the boy on Thursday morning at the high school following a Snapchat post he allegedly made Wednesday evening, according to court records.

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He allegedly posted “17 people. I can beat that,” in reference to the Florida school shooting, according to the complaint filed in juvenile court.

After the student made the post, other students in the Snapchat group took photos of the post.

“Parents began emailing the school and also calling the police department in the early hours on (Thursday),” according to the complaint.

“Overnight, Ross Township Police became aware of a post made by a Ross High School student on social media which made reference to yesterday’s horrible tragedy in Florida. The department immediately contacted district administration,” said Brian Martin, high school principal in a press release Thursday morning. “Ross High School staff members met at 7:00 a.m this morning to review the event and discuss questions and concerns. The student who initially saw the threat on social media and shared the information with her parents is to be commended. Through her quick actions and communication to her parents, police were able to work with Ross administration and respond quickly. We had multiple students and community members reach out to make us aware of the situation and that should be encouraging to all of us. That is exactly what we want to happen.”

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The principal added, “This is yet another opportunity for parents to remind their children, “If you see something, hear something, or know something, SAY SOMETHING.”