Franklin boy, 10, sentenced in bullying-related school threat case

Franklin boy, 10, sentenced in bullying-related school threat case
Posted at 10:44 AM, Mar 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-29 13:49:48-04

FRANKLIN, Ohio -- A 10-year-old Franklin schoolboy was ordered to attend school “with no unexcused absences or suspensions’ while on probation for inducing panic at Schenck Elementary School on March 5.

The boy is one of two 10-year-olds among more than 10 Warren County schoolchildren charged with making empty threats against their school or church in the weeks following the deadly school shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

School officials and police determined the threats were in response to bullying.

On Wednesday, the boy admitting inducing panic by telling three students “that he was going to bring a gun to school, kill everyone and then kill himself,” according to court records.

Electronic monitoring was canceled, but the boy was to follow house-arrest rules set by his probation officer.

Judge Joe Kirby also ordered the boy to continue to have no contact with other students involved, but left it up to school officials to decide whether to allow him back in school.

“It is the order of the Court that the defendant have no association or contact with or enter onto the property or into the buildings of Franklin City Schools unless directed otherwise by school officials. The Court will defer to the school on said issue,” Kirby said in a filing in Warren County Juvenile Court.

Unlike some of the children in cases filed following the deadly shooting on Feb. 14, the boy was never detained.

Also, no polygraph was administered in his case as had been in others due to his young age.

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