NEWTON FALLS (WKBN) – A Newton Falls High School student has been arrested after a fake threat in the district on Wednesday.
Trumbull County Sheriff Paul Monroe said the female suspect is cooperating at this point and made a full statement to investigators.
Monroe said Thursday the student is facing an inducing panic charge and that threats such as this will be taken seriously.
“If you are going to make threats, we will investigate. The technologies that are available today, we’ll uncover the perpetrator and you’ll be charged,” Monroe said.
According to Monroe, the arrest stems from the investigation into a threat that was found written on a wall at the high school on Wednesday. Deputies responded to ensure safety at the school.
Monroe said students were never in danger. He added that the suspect didn’t intend to follow through with the threat but wanted to cause problems for a student in another district.
According to Superintendent Justin Christopher, they believe that the suspect is the same person who made threats against the school earlier in the week. He said investigators have confirmed that the school is safe for students and staff.
“This matter will be investigated and addressed to the fullest in accordance with board policy and law and we assure you that our students’ safety is our utmost priority,” he said.
Christopher said there is no school for students on Thursday to allow staff to prepare for remote instruction, which will be from Friday, March 31 through April 4. The district will return to full instruction on Tuesday, April 11, at the end of spring break.