PD: Amelia student arrested after school threat

Posted at 10:07 AM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 18:19:36-05

AMELIA, Ohio -- An Amelia Middle School sixth-grader is in custody after threatening to harm another student on social media, West Clermont Local School District officials said.

Union Township police took the student, a boy, into custody at about midnight Monday after he posted a photo of himself holding a gun, officials said. 

In the post, he stated he was going to come to school and hurt someone, district spokeswoman Debbie Alberico said.

A parent notified police and West Clermont administrators after finding the post. 

"We feel like we’re as prepared as you can be in a situation like that but we’re very pleased that (a) mom actually took action and said something," she said.

Alberico said school administrators advised staff members to contact the office if they encounter upset students. She said counselors are available to help any students in need.

"Students want to be safe in school," school officials posted on the district's Facebook page. "This is a reminder that we should teach our children that if they see something unusual they should tell an adult.

"Safety is a top priority in the West Clermont school district. We are proud of our students for reporting the threat, and wish to thank the local law-enforcement agencies for that their help in keeping our schools a safe place."

Union Township Police Detective Ken Mullis told WCPO his department takes threats like this very seriously.

"(The parent notification) allowed us to get a very good jump start between the agencies involved and the west clermont school district we were able to jump on it right away," Mullis said. 

WCPO will update this story when more information becomes available.