Student charged in threats
WARREN TOWNSHIP – A LaBrae High School student charged Sunday with inducing panic following an online threat made at school is expected to be arraigned today in Warren Municipal Court.
The 16-year-old female is accused of sending a Facebook message to a friend on Friday, threatening students and a teacher, according to police.
According to the Warren Township police Lt. Don Bishop, the message read, “I’m going to school and going to fail some midterm tests. Going to kill my geometry teacher and every annoying (expletive) in my school.”
A LaBrae teacher intercepted the message and alerted the school officials. Principal Rocco Adduci contacted police on Sunday and the girl, whose name has not been released, was located and charged with the felony.
“We got the computers she wrote it on,” Bishop said. “We were eventually able to track her down and her parents were involved in that.”
The girl, who resides in Leavittsburg, claimed during an interview with police that she was “just frustrated,” according to Bishop. Police say no additional charges are expected and no other students were involved.
“The student who she sent the message to didn’t even respond,” Bishop said.
Schools Superintendent Anthony J. Calderone confirmed the matter has been turned over to police.
“I’m aware of a threat made on Facebook and the principal and I have been in contact with Warren Township police,” Calderone said late Sunday. “As of now, that individual is in custody. There have been no additional threats to our students or staff, and the student acted alone.
“We’re trusting the Warren Township Police Department. They have done an excellent job. We believe all systems are a go for Monday morning,” he said.
She is being held at the Trumbull County Juvenile Detention Center.
The incident marks the second school threat in Trumbull County during the past week.
Justin Westbay, a senior at Mathews High School, is also facing charges of inducing panic after the two students claimed they overheard Westbay making a threat on Wednesday. Schools Superintendent Lou Lowery said two students overheard Westbay saying that he knew how to carry out a school shooting and went into the logistics of how it could be done.
The students told Lowery, who called police who then arrested the student. Westbay, 18, entered no plea at his initial appearance, was placed on house arrest and ordered to have no contact with the school or school officials.
Westbay has a preliminary Wednesday in Girard Municipal Court.