WALTON, Ky. – A Walton-Verona High School student became the 11th to be arrested in the Tri-State on charges of making school threats following the fatal shootings at a Florida high school on Valentine’s Day.
The 16-year-old junior was upset Friday after a teacher took his cell phone and told another student he felt like he needed to kill someone, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
The teen was arrested Sunday and charged with terroristic threatening 2nd degree. The Sheriff’s Office said it didn't become aware of the threats until Sunday after students came forward.
The teen was placed in the Campbell Regional Juvenile Detention Center “due to the seriousness of the offense charged,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
Five other Boone County students are facing similar charges this month.
“It is not the policy of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office to make public every criminal incident at every school in the district. However this particular incident, like the ones preceding it, has already made it through the social media rounds. We would rather allay fears or concerns by setting the record straight in the first place,” the release said.
Nearly a dozen Tri-State students have been arrested since 17 students and staff were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The five students previously arrested in Boone County attend Boone County High, Cooper High, Ockerman Middle School and R.A. Jones Middle School.
The other Tri-State students arrested attend Withrow High in Cincinnati, Ross, Hamilton, Little Miami and Lebanon high schools in Butler and Warren counties, and Sharp Middle School in Pendleton County.