Police arrest student after bomb threat

NEWTON FALLS – A male student was arrested on charges of inducing panic after a bomb threat was found scrawled on the wall of a junior high bathroom Wednesday morning, resulting in the evacuation of the junior high / high school building.

Police Chief Gene Fixler said the boy was apprehended based on the testimonies of other students and surveillance video footage.

“I’m proud of the students who came forward. It all comes back to ‘hear something, see something, say something,'” Fixler said.

Superintendent Paul Woodard said that after the threatening remarks were found, students were transported to the other two buildings, where some remained and others were picked up by their parents.

“Everything was done correctly. The students were all evacuated and they’re safe,” school board President Don Baker said while police conducted their search.

After an hours-long sweep of the building, Newton Falls police, with the assistance of the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol and four bomb-sniffing dogs, cleared the building shortly before 3 p.m.

“Nothing was found,” Woodard said.

Students did not re-enter the building as it was late in the afternoon when the building was cleared. It was locked down for the evening.

The boy was transported to Juvenile Detention Center in Warren while the incident remains under investigation.

“I’m positive we have the right person and tomorrow will be a safe day at the school,” Fixler said.

This is not the first time an area school has been the target of a bomb threat. In November, school buses were delayed after a bomb threat was called in to Jefferson K-8 in Warren. In August, a mass email containing a bomb threat was received by several staff members at Youngstown State University. In both cases, police found the threats to be non-credible.