Police: Teen threatened to kill black students

Middletown High School
Posted at 9:53 AM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 10:00:33-05

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A 15-year-old Middletown High School student was charged with a second-degree felony after school officials said he wrote a racist note that threatened the death of fellow students.

School administrators removed the student from his classes after he was suspected of threatening to kill black classmates, according to a spokeswoman for the City of Middletown. The note was turned in to school resource officer Brandon Highley and the student was arrested.

Principal Carmela Cotter said in a voicemail sent to parents that another student alerted school administrators to the "threatening, racially motivated note."

A photo purporting to show the note, shared with WCPO, uses racist language and says black students would be killed "by me & my buddies" Thursday.

According to Carley Berman, city spokeswoman, a search conducted by Middletown police and the schools showed that the student "was found to have been acting alone, and there are no weapons found on the property when searched."

A press release distributed by the City of Middletown said police see no threat of immediate danger, but the school will increase security in light of the incident.