Middletown, Hamilton students arrested for posting threats toward staff online

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- Two students in Middletown and Hamilton schools face criminal charges after allegedly making threats on social media indicating they planned to harm others.

A 14-year-old Hamilton Freshman School student was arrested Wednesday at the school for allegedly threatening on social media to “shoot up” the school, according to Hamilton police Officer Kristy Collins. He is charged with aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct, according to a Hamilton Journal-News report.

The threats toward staff at the unspecified Middletown school were first brought to the attention of a school resource officer Jan. 23, according to a police report obtained by WCPO. It's unclear how long the posting was online before the officer was notified.

The boy was arraigned Thursday in juvenile court where he was sent back to the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the Journal-News article. The article indicates he is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 10 for a pre-trial hearing.

A week earlier, a 17-year-old Middletown High School senior was cited for aggravated menacing by School Resource Officer Phil Salm after she made threats against school staff members via Twitter. Salm described the to the Journal-News as a social media messages as “rants” threatening to do harm to multiple people.

The girl is scheduled to appear in Butler County Juvenile Court on Feb. 4, according to police.

Officials at both Middletown and Hamilton schools would only the Journal-News and WCPO that appropriate discipline would be taken in accordance with each district’s code of conduct. They offered no further comment Thursday.

No other information is available at this time.

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