16-year-old girl arrested in bomb threats toward school district
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) - A 16-year-old girl was arrested in connection with recent bomb threats made toward the Rock Hill School District, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
The girl, who’s a Rock Hill student, faces four counts of delinquency by making terroristic threats and four counts of delinquency by inducing panic.
Investigators say the school district received four separate bomb threats -- the first on Nov. 16 and the most recent on Wednesday. They say the suspect would use fake names to open an account on a virtual private network and then send the message through social media. The suspect would then delete the fake account.
The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office actively worked with the FBI, Homeland Security, as well as bomb-sniffing dogs to tackle the crime.
“The threats were posted over a social media page that was sent to certain other students. These students would report that they had received a text message from a person they didn’t know. Our Suspect would send threats and claim that there was a bomb in a particular building, or bombs in multiple buildings,” according to a release from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.
The girl was taken to the Lawrence County Juvenile Center.
“This has been a trying time for all involved,” Sheriff Jeff Lawless said in the release. “The safety of our schools is a top priority, and I am very proud of my staff as well as the Administration and Staff of the Rock Hill School District.”
In addition to the action taken by law enforcement, parents tell WSAZ they appreciate what the district has done to protect students. However, concern still lingers.
“It’s our kids. It makes you feel and act a whole different way when it’s your kids,” one parent told WSAZ. “It’s nothing against the principals, nothing against the teachers, because I know they’ve done absolutely everything they could.”
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