LEBANON, Ohio – A 12-year-old Berry Middle School student was arrested Wednesday morning after making another in a rash of bomb threats at Warren County schools, Lebanon police said.
The girl became the seventh student arrested in the past week in Warren County. The girl made the threat in a text message to another student, police said.
After a school staff member reported the incident in a 911 call at 8:41 a.m., investigators and patrol officers responded and quickly identified the suspect, police said. Officers determined that the threat had no substance, so no evacuation or lockdown was necessary and school was not interrupted.
The girl was transported to the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center and charged with making false alarms.
In the past week, Warren County authorities have also arrested an 18-year-old adult student at Springboro High, four juvenile students at Lebanon High and Junior High, and a 12-year-old at Waynesville Schools.Threats shut down Lebanon schools four days in in a row last week.
Last week, Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell announced a crackdown on students who make school threats. Fornshell said the protocol for felony charges against juveniles is immediate arrest and detainment, a psychological examination and, if the suspect is found guilty, a recommended 90-day sentence.
An adult found guilty could face a minimum of one year in prison or serve time until he is 21 years old as the maximum sentence.