GREEN: A 17-year-old student at the Portage Lakes Career Center is accused of threatening to bring a gun to school and shoot another student.
The male student from Springfield Township was arrested at 4:40 p.m. Thursday and charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony.
Summit County sheriff’s spokesman Bill Holland said the student is accused of standing up in class and saying “something to the effect that, ‘If he keeps this up, I’m going to bring a gun to school and shoot him.’?”
The bell then rang at the end of the day and the student left school grounds, he said. The student was later located, arrested and taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.
The target of the threat and what triggered the outburst are unclear.
Ben Moore, the school’s superintendent, said parents were notified Friday morning.
“Their message said there was a verbal threat by a student to bring a gun to school, and we followed our existing protocol to notify the sheriff’s office, and they notified us he was arrested,” Moore said. “At no time was there a weapon in the building nor were students in danger.”
He said standard protocol in cases like this is a 10-day suspension for the student — but more importantly, a recommendation for expulsion.