Heightened police presence at Napoleon schools

NAPOLEON, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Napoleon Schools issued the following statement about a heightened police presence Friday at the junior and senior high schools:

Yesterday during school, a student was overheard by other students that he/she may shoot him/herself and another unknown individual. The student was interviewed by school administration and the parents were contacted to ensure they knew of the student’s comment. Additionally, the local authorities were contacted as per our practice. Overnight on social media, the incident was shared and has now “grown” from the student’s actual comments to claims of a threat about a mass shooting at the school. To the administration’s knowledge, no such threat has ever been made by the student. However, the administration has responded by working with the Napoleon Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s department to have a heightened police presence at both the Jr/Sr High and the Elementary today. The student will be disciplined and charges filed with the Henry County Prosecutor. The Napoleon Police Department is continuing its investigation as well. Please know that had an actual threat been made, far more stringent actions would have already been put into place for our students and staff’s protection. I would ask that you feel free to share this information and reach out to the Superintendent’s Office should you have any comments or questions. Sincerely, Dr. Stephen Fogo Superintendent