Perrysburg students face felony, misdemeanor punishments after school threat

Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 11:36 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:12 AM EDT
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PERRYSBURG, Ohio (WTVG) - One Perrysburg High School student has admitted to a felony charge of inducing panic stemming from threats made against the school in April of this year. That student, who is 15-years-old, will now face sentencing on the end of this month.

Another student also charged in the case has admitted to a misdemeanor inducing panic charge and has been placed on supervised probation. A third student in the case requested a continuance until June 21st.

All three students were arrested and charged after authorities said they made threats against Perrysburg High School. They were placed on electronic monitoring after their first court appearance. The student found guilty of the felony charge will remain on electronic monitoring until his sentencing.

A student from Anthony Wayne Local Schools was implicated as well in the alleged threats but has not been charged, according to Chief Jones. He said that student had less involvement than the Perrysburg High School students.

An investigation into the threats showed planning between students with a possible goal to harm others at PHS, according to a statement from the school district’s spokesperson.

A student reported the threat to school officials and an investigation was opened by the school and authorities. A School Resource Officer contacted the student accused of making threats and their family that day. Shortly after, the Wood County Juvenile Prosecutor ordered the student to the detention center, where the student has been held since.

As the investigation continued, two other PHS students were identified and taken into custody. Police said investigators combed through emails, social media posts, and other digital files to identify all those involved.

Kevin Pfefferle, Principal of Anthony Wayne High School, said the AWHS student was questioned about their use of an app where the Perrysburg threats were discussed. He said the school administration will be involved in the investigation and monitor details to keep the community safe.

“The good news in this situation is that a Perrysburg student who was aware of the discussion reported that information to school officials,” said Pfefferle in a statement. “We also encourage students and parents to alert the district of anything that may involve the safety of our students or staff.”

Perrysburg Schools cannot provide specifics about the threats or the students’ identity while the investigation is ongoing, according to a Perrysburg Schools spokesperson.

The district said it is grateful to the students and school officials who reported the incident and took action to assess the threat and investigate.

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