Student arrest for making threats at Springfield H.S. charged with a felony

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:12 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 9:20 AM

Extra police presence at Springfield High School this morning

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m: After a Springfield High School student was arrested on Thursday due to viral threats posted on Facebook about a school shooting, Superintendent Dr. Robert Hill released a statement about student safety.

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“As I have stated many times and as I will continue to reiterate, student and staff safety is of the utmost importance in our district. Threats, whether written, posted on-line, or verbalized to others, will be thoroughly and immediately investigated. Anyone involved in making threats will face serious disciplinary action and additional consequences to the maximum extent of the law”, said Hill.

Hill also said school will remain in session, but urges students to be diligent in reporting anything that “feels out of place”.

UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m. (Feb. 22):

A Springfield High School student was arrested Thursday after police said she posted a Facebook threat about a school shooting that went viral, causing districts across Clark County and the country to take precautions. 

Authorities declined to name the 16-year-old, a junior, but Clark County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Travis Russell said she was charged with felony inducing panic in juvenile court. 

Police Chief Lee Graf both declined to comment on the motives behind the post. The Facebook post was taken down soon after it was posted, Graf said, but it had already gone viral.

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This news outlet was sent the post many times by concerned parents and community members. 

The student was arrested at 10 a.m. Thursday at Springfield High School, Russell said. 

Local authorities taking school threats seriously

The sheriff’s office and Springfield Police Division executed a search warrant at a home on Tibbetts Avenue around the same time, he said, and seized electronics that the student might have used to make the post. 

Anyone who threatens the safety of children in Springfield will face consequences, Graf said.

UPDATE@ 2:05 p.m. (Feb. 22)

The girl arrested for allegedly making threats at Springfield High School is 16 years old, Clark County Sheriff Chief Deputy Travis Russell said during a press conference Thursday afternoon. She is being charged with inducing panic, a  second degree felony, and could face several years in prison if convicted. 

When police got word of the threat they executed a search warrant and searched the school before classes started, officials said. 

“You can’t be dismissive when you get these types of threats,” Russel said.

UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m. (Feb 22) 

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest Thursday in correlation to the ‘S.H.S.’ school threat circulating on social media. 

The FBI and Clark County Deputies were able to obtain information on the location of where the social media post was made. The Springfield Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office then executed a search warrant, seizing a number of electronic devices. Subsequently, the both divisions were able to obtain further information, which resulted in a juvenile being taken into custody. The juvenile in custody is a 17-year-old female student at Springfield High School, according to police.

The teen is facing felony inducing panic charges, authorities.

Authorities report the threat is now considered neutralized, but this case will continue to be investigated by multiple agencies.  

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Local law enforcement and school officials are aware and investigating reports on social media of possible threats against a school.

The vague social media post referenced a “SHS” school, which could include any one of many schools in the area that start with the letter “S.”

  • Springfield, Stebbins, Springboro, and others have investigated “SHS” threat
  • Threat deemed not credible by police
  • Police believe post originated in Springfield
  • Extra patrols reported at many schools

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UPDATE @ 10:14 a.m.:

Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf said it appears the “SHS” school threat that spread through social media Wednesday originated in the city of Springfield.

“Through the night we have been following up on leads,” Graf said.  “"We have some suspects that we are looking at...We may be very close to origin of the original post."

Graf said the threat went viral, leading to calls coming in to the department from Mississippi and California regarding the post.

The chief said multiple jurisdictions, including the FBI, have been involved in the investigation.

UPDATE @ 9:20 a.m. 

Bob Hill, Superintendent of Springfield City Schools said class attendance is “light” at Springfield High School, following a generic threat to a “SHS” school. 

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The threat to the school was determined to be not credible Wednesday night, Hill said. 

“We take threats very seriously,” Hill said Thursday morning. “This affects many schools in Clark County, Springfield, Shawnee High School, Southeastern High School; this has some pretty serious and far-reaching ramifications.” 

“I do know the FBI was involved last night; the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Springfield Police Division also.” 

An FBI spokesman confirmed the agency is investigating the threat, but is working with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield police, who are leading the investigation. 

Hill said another rumor surfaced at the district that a gun was found at the high school Wednesday, but Hill said this report turned out to be false after it was investigated by the school. 

Southeastern Local Schools Superintendent David Shea said leaders in the district are also taking precautions in light of the threats. 

“We have three South Charleston Police officers at our high school and two at Miami View Elementary School today,” Shea said. 

A number of police officers will remain at the school all day, Shea said. 

A number of students stayed home, likely out of fear of the threat, Shea said, and he understood the concerns of parents due to recent school shootings nationwide. 


Lt. Jeff Williams of Springfield police said since Tuesday evening when reports surfaced of an 8-year-old male arrested for an unloaded gun at Simon Kenton Elementary, that many social media posts have surfaced and been shared. 

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Williams said many “rumors” are being investigated by Springfield police. He said police believe it is “misinformation” circulating around and they do not believe any credible threat exists.

However, Springfield police will have extra patrols at the high school Thursday.

Parents in the Mad River Local Schools — as well as Springboro — were issued one-calls Wednesday evening.

The Mad River call from the superintendent said they are aware of a social media threat against “SHS” and are investigating whether it was directed to Stebbins High School or another school.

“Every school that starts with an “S” has done that,” Williams said of being on alert.

In an email sent to Springboro parents Wednesday night, the district said the school resource officer and administrative team has been in constant contact with the Springboro Police Department. 

Williams said officers spent most of Wednesday tracking down social media posts and speaking with witnesses in Springfield.

Williams said they don’t know who exactly made the post yet but they are in the process of tracking the source of the post.

“We are investigating every possible lead,” Williams said.

He added even the FBI called Springfield to offer assistance — if they need it, but the FBI is not involved at the moment. 

Williams said Springfield police are fielding calls from police agencies in other states with “S” schools. He declined to share which states have made inquiries.

Springfield High School’s website now includes a message on the homepage about this social media threat. School will be in session Thursday.

Springfield City Schools posted this message on its high school website, Feb. 21, 2018.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday evening said they are also investigating these threats.

In Shelby County, the Sidney school district posted to its website that it is aware of the threat. In their post it says law enforcement determined the post was made from outside of Ohio. That district will have increased patrols Thursday.

Toledo police sent a tweet about the threat, saying it’s likely a hoax, but is being taken seriously.

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Winter Weather Advisory issued: Accumulating snow, high winds expected

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

Here is the latest look at timing and totals of the snow.


  • Winter Weather Advisory for entire region from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday
  • Stray shower through the afternoon and breezy
  • Rain changes to snow from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Accumulating snow and gusty winds through Wednesday morning

>>Track the latest conditions with Live Doppler 7 Radar

>>UPDATING: School and business delays and closings


TUESDAY: A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for the entire region starting at 8 p.m. tonight. 

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High temperatures will reach around 40 degrees this afternoon and will fall into the lower 30s by evening, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. 

Some passing showers, mainly cold rain, through the rest of the day but some could see sleet. 

The next round of precipitation will start around the evening commute, but closer to sunset, Zontini said. Snow will be widespread and will accumulate through the overnight as temperatures drop into the upper 20s with wind gusts between 25 and 35 mph. 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

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WEDNESDAY: A messy morning commute is expected with temperatures in the 20s and snow still falling. Winds will still gust around 30 mph, so blowing, drifting, and poor visibility are possible. 

Overall most of the Miami Valley will end up with around 3 to 4-inches of snow with some areas seeing closer to 4 to 6-inches, Zontini said. 

Snow will taper off around noon but it’ll be breezy for the rest of the day with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-30s. Chilly temperatures overnight drop to the low 20s. 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

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THURSDAY: Refreeze or lingering snowy roads are possible early since temperatures will be in the low 20s. However, they’ll be big improvements through the day as sunshine returns and temperatures peak in the low 40s. Expect it to be dry throughout the entire day. 

>> 5-Day Forecast

FRIDAY: A sunny start with clouds increasing through the day. Highs will peak in the mid-40s as passing showers develop overnight. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: Morning temperatures starting in the upper 20s could mean a brief wintry mix. Rain showers through the afternoon may end as wet snow. Highs reach in the low 40s. 

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Maryland school shooting: Gunman killed, 2 injured at Great Mills High School

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:34 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:34 AM

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A student who opened fire on a classmate at Maryland’s Great Mills High School died Tuesday morning after injuring two people, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said at a news conference.

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Austin explosions: 2nd suspicious package found after blast at Texas FedEx facility

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:36 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

Package Explodes At FedEx Facility In Shertz,Texas

A package destined for Austin exploded early Tuesday at a FedEx ground delivery facility in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio, according to federal authorities.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told the Austin American-Statesman that a second suspicious package was found at the facility and taken by authorities for further investigation.

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Centerville rezones church property to become new Sinclair location

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:41 PM

Centerville City Council has rezoned the Far Hills Church property that could become a Sinclair Community College learning center.
Centerville City Council has rezoned the Far Hills Church property that could become a Sinclair Community College learning center.

Centerville City Council has approved the rezoning of a local church to be used as a new learning center for a Dayton community college.

Far Hills Church on Clyo Road has been rezoned to allow for it to become a new Sinclair Community College location. The college has been seeking to purchase the church and the nearly 40 acres it sits on since July.

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Sinclair officials had said they hoped to close on the property by the end of March but due to a 30-day period and a few more things to finalize, the school may not officially close on the property until sometime in April, spokesman Adam Murka told this news organization.

Centerville Deputy Mayor Belinda Kenley tweeted a photo of Sinclair president Steve Johnson speaking to Centerville City Council on Monday evening. Johnson later replied on Twitter by saying “Thank you so much. We will work to make you proud!!!”

“We are excited about the potential to increase our presence in the southern Montgomery corridor,” Murka said on Tuesday. “There’s still some stages to go before the project becomes final but we appreciate the support of centervile City Council.”

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In January, the state controlling board approved Sinclair’s request to spend more than $9.6 million on the church.

The church, located at 5800 Clyo Road, is a 100,000-square-foot facility that already has around 20 classrooms already, Sinclair officials have said.

The building, less than a mile from I-675 and near Wilmington Pike, also includes a childcare facility, a coffee shop and cafe area, a kitchen, two gymnasiums and an auditorium that seats 1,500 people, according to documents provided by Sinclair.

The new learning center will likely have most general education classes and possibly other offerings, officials have said.

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