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Social Media Threat At Maumee High School Leads To School Shutdown

Maumee High School students and staff were sent home today following a threat that was made against the school on the social media platform Snapchat. A 14-year old MHS freshman has been arrested in connection to the incident. MIRROR PHOTO BY MIKE MCCARTHY

 

BY NANCY GAGNETMIRROR REPORTER — Maumee police have arrested a 14-year old Maumee High School freshman for posting social media threats that led to the shutdown of both Maumee High School and St. John’s Jesuit High School today.

Third-degree felony charges are pending against the youth that include “making terroristic threats” against both districts. He will be charged in juvenile court.

Maumee police arrested the student this afternoon, hours after the post was made, said Maumee police Lt. Jeff Siebenaler. There was no evidence indicating that an actual attack was being planned or that an attack was imminent at either school.

While the youth who was arrested attends MHS, some of his friends attend St. John’s, which was his connection to that school, the lieutenant said.

“It’s a bad prank, a very serious prank that has some very serious consequences,” Siebenaler said,

Maumee school district superintendent Dr. Todd Cramer released a statement indicating that Maumee High School would be in session tomorrow. He also encouraged continued vigilance when it comes to situations like this.

“Because we always have and will continue to put student safety first, we encourage students, staff and parents to say something whenever they become aware of a potential threat.  Thank you for your continued support of our students,” he said.

Shortly after 7:00 a.m. this morning the parent of a high school student notified police that a threat had been made against the school on Snapchat.

While officers immediately contacted school officials about the situation several students and staff were already en route to school.

After the students and staff arrived, the school went into a security lockdown before being dismissed without incident.

St. John’s had already canceled classes today.

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