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.
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.
"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.