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Lakeview, Brookfield boys cited for inducing a panic after online comments

WARREN — Authorities identified a Lakeview student and arrested a Brookfield teen Thursday, both accused of inducing a panic in connection to online statements reported to police.

Brookfield police arrested a boy, 13, on the charge and booked him Thursday into the Trumbull County Juvenile Justice Center. The boy was subjected to discipline earlier in the week for “horseplay” in the classroom, Dan Faustino, Brookfield police chief, said.

“He was probably a little mad about that,” Faustino said.

The boy made statements about bringing a gun to school Thursday during chats in an online gaming space, Faustino said.

Brookfield schools Superintendent Tony Gibson called Brookfield police after learning of the comments Wednesday, he said.

“Around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, I received information regarding an alleged threat. I immediately contacted the Brookfield police chief, who initiated an investigation into the matter. The police department assured us there was no imminent threat to the school or our students. However, out of an abundance of caution, we did bring in extra security today, as the safety of our students and staff is always our top priority,” Gibson said in an emailed statement.

The district will not comment further on the issue, the email states.

Brookfield police interviewed numerous students to identify the boy, whose identity has not been released.

Today the police will continue their regular presence at the district’s schools, Faustino said.

The teen was arrested Thursday morning on the felony charge. Information about when the boy will appear in court was not available Thursday afternoon.

But the Lakeview High School student charged last week with a felony inducing a panic charge, William Fell, 15, of Lattin Street, Cortland, is expected to appear 9 a.m. Monday in Trumbull County Juvenile Court for a plea hearing.

Fell was removed from class Aug. 29 and taken to the juvenile justice center, where he remains. Parents reported statements Fell is alleged to have made online to a small group of students. Online commentators state Fell was being bullied.

And Armonte L. North, 19, a student at Rivergate High School in Warren, is also facing a felony charge of inducing a panic. Because of his age, his case was filed in Warren Municipal Court.

He’s accused of writing a social media post suggesting he would harm other students. North’s next hearing is 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. He remains in the Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bond.

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