Lakota East student who allegedly made threat turned in by his parents

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 12:46 PM
Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 2:54 PM


            For the second time in a week a Lakota East High School student is being investigated by Butler County Sheriff deputies for allegedly threatening the school. Last week another student, who is jailed and facing charges, was arrested by deputies. MICHAEL D. CLARK/STAFF
For the second time in a week a Lakota East High School student is being investigated by Butler County Sheriff deputies for allegedly threatening the school. Last week another student, who is jailed and facing charges, was arrested by deputies. MICHAEL D. CLARK/STAFF

UPDATE @ 2:45 p.m.:

Lt. Morgan Dallman of the Butler County Sheriff’s office told the Journal-News the Lakota East student was reported by his parents, who drove him to the sheriff’s headquarters in Hamilton after learning of their son’s social media threat.

The social media posting consisted of the boy “holding a knife and said don’t come to school tomorrow,” said Dallman.

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The knife was a one foot to 18 inches long, Dallman estimated.

“We are trying to get the word out to these kids that we will take any action we need to stop this (threats),” he said.

UPDATE @ 1:35 p.m.:

Sgt. Melissa Gerhardt, spokeswoman for the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, said the 15-year-old, male student remains in custody at the Juvenile Detention Center after being charged with making terroristic threats.

Lakota district officials declined to comment further or provide additional details, citing student privacy laws.

INITIAL REPORT:

For the second time in a week a Lakota East High School student is facing charges in connection with threats toward the Liberty Twp. school.

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Lakota East High School Principal Suzanna Davis sent an email Thursday to school families in the Butler County district, stating:

“This afternoon, several East students brought to our attention a potentially threatening social media post made by a Lakota East student. We turned the information over to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office for a full investigation.”

Davis wrote: “The police immediately investigated the suspected student. At this time, we can assure you there is no threat to the safety of East students. The student responsible for posting the photo is facing charges from the Butler County Sheriff’s department and will face disciplinary action in accordance with the Lakota Student Code of Conduct.”

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Last week, a 15-year-old student from the school was jailed after allegedly threatening to assassinate fellow students and posting a video of the threat on social media.

The boy was charged with making terroristic threats, a third-degree felony, after an observant parent saw a Shapchat video and brought it to the attention of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, according to Lt. Morgan Dallman.

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Davis addressed the consecutive nature of these incidents in her notice sent to parents.

“This is the second offense in a week involving inappropriate use of social media by our students. It is absolutely critical that our students understand the consequences of such poor judgment and just how serious we take every threat. In partnership with local law enforcement, we intend to address this issue with the entire student body.”

“Your child’s safety is always our highest priority. Once again, I am proud of the swift response by our students. Please take some time to reiterate the importance of a student’s responsibility to share information related to the safety of our school community with administration or a trusted adult immediately,” she wrote.

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