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Norwalk HS student arrested on shooting threat

Cary Ashby • Sep 1, 2018 at 10:30 AM

A 16-year-old Norwalk High School student has been arrested in connection with “making a threat of violence,” but city police don’t suspect any students are in danger.

“The Norwalk High School administration received a report of inappropriate comments made by a student who allegedly said he wanted to ‘shoot up’ the school,” Capt. Dave Smith said in a department Facebook post.

Upon being notified, police investigated the allegation. 

“After a brief investigation, the student was taken into custody. He was later transported to the Seneca County detention center to be held for court,” Smith wrote. “At this time, there is no reason to believe any students at Norwalk High School are in danger.”

Chief Mike Conney said one of the investigating officers noted in his report he’s familiar with the suspect from a previous complaint when he was accused of threatening to bring a gun to a fight with another student.

Before class Wednesday, a student overheard the suspect reportedly say he “hates this place and one of these days I will shoot it up,” Conney said. The students were in the hallway at the time.

“No firearm was found; he wasn’t in possession of one. He claimed he didn’t have a gun,” Conney added.

Norwalk City Schools issued a One Call to parents about the situation that happened Wednesday.

Superintendent George Fisk, in a prepared statement, said the suspected “threat of violence (was) toward Norwalk High School.” He confirmed the student’s arrest and being transported to detention.

“I would like to thank the Norwalk Police Department and the staff of Norwalk High School for their quick response and thorough investigation of this incident,” added Fisk, who noted the district would operate on its normal schedule Friday.

Police referred the matter to Huron County Juvenile Court and the county prosecutor's office. Court administrator Chris Mushett said the Norwalk boy was charged with making a false alarm and disorderly conduct in connection with the suspected incident Wednesday. Both charges would be misdemeanors if committed by an adult.

During a hearing Friday, Judge Timothy Cardwell ordered the boy to be held in detention until a further hearing, which Mushett said could be next week. The judge also appointed an attorney to represent the defendant.

Conney said Friday he hadn’t heard anything about the student being expelled or suspended, but noted “it’s a very real possibility.”

Police, on Facebook, encouraged anybody with information about the incident to call the station at 419-663-6780.

“Anytime we receive this type of complaint, we will investigate it,” Conney said. “I just wish kids would think before they speak.”

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