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Student in custody after alleged threat at Reading Community City Schools

Reading Community City Schools closed Thursday
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Posted at 10:27 PM, Dec 08, 2021

READING, Ohio — One student is in custody after allegedly threatening Reading Community City Schools.

In an email to parents Wednesday, RCCSD said it became aware of a potential threat circulating social media. The Reading Police Department said a Snapchat shared among Reading students told them not to come to school Thursday after a student allegedly made threats.

"Everyone going to Reading school tomorrow, please I beg you don't go to school tomorrow," the Snapchat said. "There is a risk that one of the students will shoot up the school tomorrow just take precaution and DO NOT GO this is important."

Reading Police said they were able to identify the student who made threats, arresting them around 10 p.m. Wednesday. The student was taken to Hamilton County Juvenile Court Youth Center.

Before the arrest, Reading Community City Schools announced it would be closed out of an abundance of caution. RCCSD Superintendent Jason Enix said the district will remain closed following the arrest. Enix said the threat was "general in nature."

The announcement comes one day after Fairfield Police announced increased patrol at Fairfield Freshman School as they investigate an online threat.

"We are working closely with the Fairfield City School District and as a precautionary measure have assigned additional officers to assist with security and conduct extra patrols of the school buildings throughout the rest of the week," police said in a press release.

Southwest Local Schools Superintendent John C. Hamstra announced Harrison High School would have increased law enforcement Dec. 3 after police arrested a student with "contraband" in their vehicle. The same day, Miami Township Police arrested a Milford Junior High School student after an investigation into an alleged "kill list."

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