Fairfield High student arrested for making threats against school

Posted at 12:57 AM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 16:34:26-04

FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- A 15-year-old student will stay in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center until his next hearing Oct. 3 after police say he told a friend he wanted to "shoot up" Fairfield High School.

The formal complaint filed in Butler County says the suspect told a fellow student that "tomorrow would be a good day to come in and shoot up the school." It goes on to say the suspect was failing his classes, was scared his mother would be mad and that he hated his teachers. 

Documents show the student he was talking with tried to tell him that it wasn't a good idea. The suspect responded with, "Then don't come to school tomorrow. I'm serious."

The student was arrested Wednesday and charged with making false alarms and inducing panic with threats against the school, according to a news release from the City of Fairfield.

The student spent Wednesday night in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center before appearing in court Thursday. No plea was entered in court Thursday morning, and the courts have ordered a risk assessment be performed. 

Fairfield High School posted the following message on its website Wednesday evening.

"Earlier this evening, Wednesday, Sept. 21, we received word of an alleged threat involving the high school that would take place on Thursday, Sept. 22. The Fairfield Police Department was immediately contacted and an investigation ensued. Police have taken the individual responsible for making the threat into custody. High school administrators will address this violation of the student code of conduct and the appropriate consequences will be given. School will be in session on Thursday. At no time during the investigation was the safety of our students or staff compromised. Thanks to the report by a parent, we were able to immediately deal with this threat. We are grateful that a student stepped up to share this with their parent. We take these threats very seriously and appreciate the swift action taken by police, the students and parents."