Hamilton High School student made threat over social media, police say

Posted at 3:10 PM, Feb 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-16 19:41:18-05

HAMILTON, Ohio -- Police arrested a Hamilton High School student Friday who school officials said made a threat through social media. 

Cortlin Barrett, 19, is facing a charge of aggravated menacing, according to Hamilton police. They wrote that Barrett "made a threat that intimidated the civilian population" Thursday night. 

The charges came the day after a juvenile Ross High School student was charged with inducing panic over another social media post referring to the school shooting in Florida this week  that left 17 dead. 

In a letter to parents, Hamilton High School Principal John Wilhelm wrote that school officials "have initiated discipline to the fullest extent."

"Simply put, we will show zero tolerance for any threatening behavior," he wrote.

The threat was reported by a student from another building, who "should be commended for her actions," Wilhelm wrote. 

Wilhelm encouraged parents to speak with their children about proper social media behavior and warned students they will be held accountable for threatening posts, even if they're meant as jokes. 

"We cannot judge intent. Nor will we," Wilhelm wrote. "In fact, we will use every avenue available to hold students accountabe. This includes police action as well as school discipline."