An incident where a 14-year-old Western Reserve High School student is accused of threatening to kill a teacher and several students Tuesday remains under investigation by the Huron County Sheriff's Office.
The Wakeman boy told his teacher and classmates he would retrieve an AK-47 assault rifle from his residence, return to the school, and kill them, said Chief Deputy Ted Patrick.
The incident was not reported to law enforcement until Thursday.
The boy was suspended from school Tuesday and Huron County Children Services was notified.
According to the Ohio Revised Code, teachers, staff and administration are required to report crimes to law enforcement.
Patrick said if they fail to report the possible crime, they can be charged themselves.
The boy initially was charged with inducing panic in an educational facility, a second-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor.
He is being held at the Seneca County youth detention center.
At a detention hearing Friday at Huron County Juvenile Court, the boy was formally charged with aggravated menacing.
"The boy was returned to the Seneca County youth center and the judge ordered a psychological evaluation," said Chris Mushett, court administrator.
The boy told law enforcement he was being bullied by other students at the school.
Sheriff Dane Howard said Friday this investigation is top priority.
"Obviously, we're very concerned about the events that took place," he said. "Uniformed personnel and detectives are at the school for a follow-up investigation. At this point, there are no co-conspirators."
Howard said the investigation will include the time lapse between the incident Tuesday and the reporting of it Thursday.
"All citizens have a moral and legal obligation to report a felony," he said. "The sooner we have the report, the quicker we can act on it and have a significant response."
The primary concern is the safety of the students and staff.
"We will meet with school officials," Howard said. "There will be clear guidelines as to what is expected."
Howard said the boy did not have an AK-47.
The sheriff said he will step up patrols at Western Reserve and South Central schools until further notice to provide peace of mind at those facilities.
Patrick said deputies were at Western Reserve at 6:50 a.m. Friday greeting students.
"Just in case there were any problems in light of what took place Tuesday," he said.
"We then met with the principal and vice principal and detectives were interviewing students," Patrick said.
Patrick said he voiced his concerns to Western Reserve Principal Lisa Border and Assistant Principal Chris Sheldon about the reporting process of a potential crime.
"We discussed the proper protocol," he said. "They were very cooperative and wanted to get this straightened out."