Five juveniles arrested after string of school threats

Five juveniles arrested after string of school threats
11-year-old girl arrested after string of school threats (Source:
11-year-old girl arrested after string of school threats (Source:

MANSFIELD, OH (WOIO) - Five juveniles have been arrested for their alleged roles in a string of school threats in the Mansfield school district.

Officials say three types of threats came in: texts, phone calls and notes found in the school restroom. The threats hit every level in the district, from Sherman Elementary to Malabar Intermediate and Mansfield Senior High.

Mansfield Police say they narrowed down the students they suspected made the threats through school surveillance video and tips from staff, who kept a close eye on the restrooms where several notes were found.

Then they arrested three boys and two girls, ages 11 to 17.

They say the arrests of five students show they are taking this seriously.

"As a parent with young kids, it was heartbreaking to look at this young lady of 11-years-old and go, 'hey we're going to have to lock this young girl up.' But you can't tolerate this, you have to draw the line somewhere and, unfortunately, she put herself in that position," said Mansfield Police Chief Ken Coontz.

The Richland County prosecutor says many of the students are being charged with second-degree felonies.

"It's a matter of getting everybody's attention and make them understand the consequences of what you were doing because of the impact to the community," said Richland County prosecutor Bambi Couch Page.

At a public meeting Thursday night to address those threats, students and parents expressed their concern.

"It's not cool, it's not impressive, stop!" one student said.

"This is going to take more than just law enforcement. It's going to take the community banding together," one parent said.

Police say the threats were not connected and it seemed they snowballed off of one another.

Another threat that was made was determined to be a Robo call from out-of-state.

Federal authorities are investigating that case.

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