The first week of school after a shooting rampage in a Florida high school has ended with anxious parents and students all across the Akron region and weary law enforcement officials responding to dozens of threats.

From Lodi to North Canton and in school districts in between, an unusually large number of threats and rumors to end the week kept everyone on edge and some students staying home out of fear.

A perceived threat even prompted a Catholic high school in Akron to close at noon on Friday.

The troubling week for educators and students included a serious incident at a middle school in Jackson Township where a student shot himself in a bathroom on Tuesday.

The student, who police say had distractionary devices in his backpack, later died.

A majority of Summit County school districts have had at least one threat against students or faculty over the past week.

The same is true in other surrounding counties with the total known threats numbering around two dozen or so for the region.

The spate of alarms follows the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 students and educators died when a former student returned to school with a semi-automatic rifle.

But it was a particularly busy Thursday and Friday as the number of threats and rumors spiked, keeping police departments in the region busy.

Barberton schools

A Norton student linked to a “concerning” social media message had to be “dealt with,” according to Barberton Superintendent Jeff Ramnytz.

A recorded message to parents said a Norton student has been tied to a “concerning text with a social media post on it” prior to the start of classes Friday morning.

The student in question attended Barberton through the Four Cities Compact, a regional learning cooperative. The unspecified threats were made toward Barberton and Norton school districts. Barberton police increased school patrols Friday.

Falls schools

A 17-year-old high school student in Cuyahoga Falls was charged with inducing panic Thursday after writing a threatening message on a computer at the school.

There were no actual weapons involved.

North Canton schools

North Canton police increased patrols at schools on Friday after a threat was made through “an anonymous social media post.”

The threat remains under investigation.

Akron schools

A discredited online threat of school violence in Pennsylvania somehow made its way to Akron on Friday, prompting a public school to beef up security and a private school to close early.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM school in downtown Akron brought in extra officers and a metal detector Friday and nearby St. Vincent-St. Mary — known nationally as the alma mater of LeBron James — closed at noon.

Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards said the threat appears to have originated in the Central York school district in Pennsylvania where schools closed Friday for the third day as police tried to sort out what was happening.

Somehow that Pennsylvania threat appears to have spread through Twitter and onto a Facebook page that belongs to an anonymous person using a vulgar phrase as a name. People in Akron saw the threat and although it does not mention Akron, the STEM school or St. Vincent-St. Mary, fear nonetheless began to spread.

Waynedale High

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office investigated a threat written on a bathroom wall at Waynedale High School in Apple Creek.

“The threat outlines some violence that was going to be taking place Monday of next week,” sheriff’s Capt. Doug Hunter said Thursday in his daily Facebook video update.

Patrols in the district were increased on Friday, and deputies will return Monday.

Cloverleaf schools

Cloverleaf Local Schools Superintendent Daryl Kubilus said they found nothing after two “separate, unsubstantiated threats made by students regarding our high school” on Thursday.

“With the tragic events in Florida last week, we are on the highest alert regarding the safety of our students,” Kubilus wrote in a message on the district’s Facebook page.

Coventry schools

A 37-year-old township woman is accused of spreading false information on social media about a gun being found in a locker at Coventry Middle School and school officials not notifying parents.

Erin Croghan, of Coventry Township, was charged with inducing panic, a first-degree misdemeanor. She was issued a summons and will appear in Barberton Municipal Court, Summit County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Holland said Friday. Croghan is accused of posting on Facebook that there was a gun found in a locker in November, even though she knew the information wasn’t true, Holland said.

School officials had talked with her and told her that the gun incident was not true, but she continued to post and be critical of the district, he said. The district received numerous calls from concerned parents.

Croghan is a parent of a Coventry student but not at the middle school, he said.

Stow schools

Police and school officials are investigating a threat made on social media Thursday night by a middle school student in the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District.

Officers went to the student’s home after being alerted by school officials about the threat, Superintendent Tom Bratten said in a call to parents.

No weapons were found, he said.

Bratten said the district and police plan to pursue disciplinary and legal action against the youth.

“No threats or inappropriate behavior of this kind will be tolerated,” Bratten said.

St. Mary Akron

Sixth- and seventh-graders at St. Mary School, a private Catholic elementary school in Akron, notified Principal Pat Nugent of perceived threatening Snapchat and Facebook messages.

Nugent said the messages went something like: “I’m going to shoot just like the kid in Florida.”

Nugent said police couldn’t link the Akron-centric threat to her school or any other in the area.

Highland schools

Highland Local Schools Superintendent Catherine Aukerman notified parents Friday afternoon of an incident at the high school.

A student reported around 11:40 a.m. that another student was in possession of a firearm at the high school.

Aukerman said they notified the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, which responded to the school “within minutes.”

“It was determined that the student was in possession of a small orange-tipped Airsoft pistol,” Aukerman told parents via social media. “The student was immediately placed into the custody of the Sheriff’s Department and was removed from the premises.”

Medina schools

Two threats Thursday and Friday centered on the Medina school district’s middle schools.

The first arose when a threat was discovered written on the wall of a restroom at Claggett Middle School.

Medina police increased patrols at the school on Thursday.

Superintendent Aaron Sable said the second threat alert to parents came Friday morning when a Root Middle School student was threatened.

“We were able to identify several students involved and investigated the incident with the Medina and Montville police departments,” he said.

Sable said there has been a rash of threats since the Florida shootings.

“School safety has been a major issue for schools across the country during the past week,” he told parents in an alert. “I have no doubt that you have seen in the media that many of our surrounding districts are combating similar safety issues. I believe that this is due to copycat situations because of the media coverage as well as students, staff and parents being more vigilant with recognizing and reporting safety concerns.

“As I have stated previously, ‘It takes a village.’ I encourage our community to continue to be a watchdog for our district and student safety. ‘See Something, Say Something.’”

Staff writers Rick Armon, Doug Livingston and Amanda Garrett contributed to this article. Craig Webb can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3547.