The Erie County Sheriff’s Office arrested the 14-year-old Berlin Township boy and charged him with inducing panic, Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said. Inducing panic is a first-degree misdemeanor.
Via word of mouth, Oliver said it was believed the boy had told people he reportedly planned on tracking down those who snitched on him about brandishing the knife and then was going to confront them. The previous incident happened Feb. 20 at Edison.
“He had been out of school since he pulled the knife out,” Oliver said.
About 11 p.m. Tuesday, a school administrator received a screen shot from Snapchat with the boy pictured with what appeared to be “a rifle slung over his shoulder and a knife in his hand” with an accompanying message that reportedly says “it’s hunting season,” Oliver added. The administrator then notified the chief deputy.
“We found out about it late (Tuesday) night and we called the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. They took action on it right away,” Edison Local Schools Superintendent Tom Roth said.
Deputies arrested the boy at his home. He then was transported to the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center in Sandusky.
“He was arrested without incident,” Oliver said. “The investigation into the Snapchat (photo) is ongoing, but we believe it originated from his account.”
When asked about the boy’s possible targets, Roth said school officials heard some rumors, but haven’t been able to substantiate who those people are.
The superintendent was asked if the boy had previous discipline issues.
“No, not at the high school,” Roth said. “It’s not really something we’ve seen here … related to him, but in general also.
“If there’s a discipline that is warranted, it will occur. Obviously, I can’t talk about student discipline.”
In the Feb. 20 incident, the boy was charged with illegal conveyance of deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance into a school safety zone, a fifth-degree felony.
The boy reportedly made a comment about a knife being in a coat pocket at lunch and when someone asked about the weapon, he was accused of pulling out the knife and exposing half of it, Sgt. Dan McGlothlin said. Other students reportedly saw the knife and reported it to a principal, who brought the student into his office.
McGlothlin said Edison didn’t take any emergency actions, such as going under lockdown, but the camouflage-colored Bowie knife, was confiscated. He also said the boy was questioned, he claimed to forget it was in the pocket.
“(The student) didn’t threaten anybody,” the deputy earlier told the Reflector. “(The student) never pulled it out and didn’t make any threats to students or faculty.”