A Westerville student was arrested today after police said he wrote bomb threats on the walls of two bathroom stalls.
The student is charged with inducing panic after another student reported seeing him pen the notes at Westerville South High School. The student who was arrested attends the school, but police refused to release his name.
Police said the student was mimicking another bomb threat discovered on a men’s bathroom stall during school on Wednesday. “Basically it was a copycat,” said Sgt. Charles Chandler of Westerville police.
The department is still investigating the threat discovered Wednesday, which said that a bomb would go off today. Police did not evacuate the school for any of the three threats but school officials said they had swept the building before school started this morning.
Police didn’t clear the school after the newer threats today because the student was arrested soon after his actions were reported to an officer stationed at the school. Those threats said a bomb would go off Wednesday. “Please know that there is no credibility to this threat,” Principal Steve Andersson wrote in a letter sent to parents.
“Unfortunately, we’re entering the time of year when such incidents increase in frequency in schools across the country,” Andersson wrote.
Police have asked that anyone with knowledge about the threats call the department at 882-7444.
By Collin Binkley - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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