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Toledo student arrested after bomb threat

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A Toledo student is behind bars after making a bomb threat at school. Police say it happened Tuesday at Achieve Career Preparatory Academy on Collingwood Avenue in Toledo.

Demond Lofton, 18, attends is a student at the academy. He faces criminal charges after police say he made a threat to a teacher and students in his high school class.

According to court documents, on Tuesday Lofton threatened to "blow up the school and everyone in it."

Lofton was arrested and faces charges of assault on a teacher and inducing panic. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in court Wednesday.

A representative from the school says, "Though this threat was perceived to be in jest, the school automatically responds to all verbal threats, regardless of whether they are perceived as joking or serious."

Under the Safe Schools Act, any student who makes verbal threats can face criminal charges.

In this case, administrators say, since Lofton is an adult, he'll have to face the consequences in court.

The school is sending out an automated voicemail explaining the situation to parents.

Lofton is being held on $7,500 bond. He is also facing expulsion from the charter school.

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