A teenage girl has been charged after making a post on
Facebook about a shooting at Glen Este High School. Union Township police say
the 15-year-old initiated a rumor on the social media site that hinted at
a possible shooting on Dec. 21st.
Township Police Department received hundreds of calls from parents Thursday
afternoon after the post hit the Internet and an investigation was launched.
Police increased security at schools Friday including undercover officer
classes were not canceled, the Glen Este High School principal told FOX19
fifty percent of students did not show up Friday.
me, I think it's best to not cave in because if we give in to every threat
we're going to be in for … instability in our lives," Joyce Messick said after
picking her granddaughter up from school.
arrested the 15-year-old girl on Friday for felony charges of inducing panic
and tampering with evidence. The girl told police she initiated the post 'to
see what would happen.' Police say she attempted to destroy evidence
prior to them contacting her.
Township Police add that rumors of officers finding weapons were unfounded.
world changed last Friday and I'm not taking chances," parent Rebecca Taylor
kept her kids out of school the first part of the school day.
don't want to let my kids be afraid…" Taylor said. "But I also want to let them
know that there are sick people in this world and it could happen. It could
happen right here in Clermont County."
takes a lot to send your child to a school if you're not certain that they're
going to be safe and secure so we certainly understand that," West Clermont
Local School District Superintendent Gary Brooks said.
Brooks says because the investigation was ongoing they were not able to get an
"all call" out to parents before the school day started.
sorry that we disappointed people and generally left [parents] in a state where
they were more anxious than they needed to be," he said. "Certainly at no point
in time did the police or the school system believe that students were in
Scott Gaviglia of the Union Township Police Department says unlike the rumors
that spread like wildfire on social media, police have to get the facts right.
can't move as fast as Facebook or Twitter because we have to be responsible to
the public and to society as a whole," he argued. "We take every threat
seriously. Upon further investigation it was very clear this was a hoax with no
plans, no diagrams, no weapons."
I do the right thing? Did I not?" Taylor questioned. "I don't know, but I felt
like I did."
says the school district is in the process of getting a letter out to parents.
The superintendent says district officials will meet to evaluate their response
and talk about ways they can improve communication with parents in the future.
a parent I would have liked to have known more quickly than I did at times,"
Brooks said. "In an ongoing investigation [and] you can't release all the
information, I understand that. I also understand that as superintendent you're
the one that takes responsibility for that and I do take responsibility for
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