Ohio Teen Arrested After Posing With Gun, Posting Threats On Facebook Following School Shooting
MANTUA, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – Just one day after a school shooting devastated Chardon High School in Ohio, a local teen was arrested after posting a new Facebook profile picture that showed him posing with an assault rifle.
The Portage County Sheriff’s Office apprehended the 17-year-old Crestwood High School student on Tuesday morning, after several concerned citizens called in about the image.
Some of his posts also reportedly raised concerns.
Lt. Gregory A. Johnson of the Portage County Sheriff’s Office told CBS Cleveland that the student had, on multiple occasions, posted status updates that celebrated school violence.
“I’m close to going on a stabbing spree,” one post, written on Feb. 22, said. “I can’t take some of these people anymore.”
“Who agrees with their friend that it’s a good idea to shoot up a school?” the teen wrote just hours after the school shooting that has claimed three lives so far.
Students reportedly expressed concern to school officials, who alerted the local authorities. He was arrested as soon as he arrived on campus.
The student’s social networking page has allegedly since been shut down.
He will now face two counts of inducing panic, one count each of aggravated menacing and telecommunications harassment. All of the charges are first-degree misdemeanors.
At present, he is being held at the Portage/Geauga County Juvenile Detention Facility, and appeared in court on Feb. 29.