"We wanted to make sure what we were told about what happened really happened."
That's how Western Reserve Local Schools Superintendent Rodge Wilson explained the delay in reporting the allegation of a 14-year-old high school student who threatened to kill a teacher and several students. Tuesday's incident, which remains under investigation by the Huron County Sheriff's Office, wasn't reported until 2 p.m. Thursday.
"My understanding is this (incident) happened late in the day Tuesday," Wilson told the Reflector on Friday.
By the time of the incident, Wilson said "most of the kids were all gone" from the high and middle schools. Those students are housed in the same building.
The boy told his teacher and classmates he would retrieve an AK-47 assault rifle from his residence, return to the school and kill them, Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.
"I was not aware of any particular person being threatened," Wilson said Friday.
The boy told authorities he was being bullied by other students at school. Wilson said he believes the suspect was expressing frustration or what has happened to him in the past.
At a detention hearing Friday in Huron County Juvenile Court, the boy formally was charged with aggravated menacing. He was returned to the Seneca County youth detention center pending the results of a court-ordered psychological evaluation.
Wilson said school officials spent Wednesday working with "two related agencies" and the boy's guardian. The superintendent declined to identify the agencies.
Since school officials often get false reports, he said Western was gathering as much information as possible on Tuesday's incident before reporting it to law enforcement.
"The sheriff's office was called Thursday morning," Wilson said.
Wilson was asked who made the decision not to notify the sheriff's office immediately. The superintendent paused, but didn't provide the person's name.
Wilson was asked if an administrator could be disciplined in connection with failing to report Tuesday's incident in a timely fashion. According to the Ohio Revised Code, teachers, staff and administration are required to report crimes to law enforcement.
"At this time, I have no reason to believe the incident was not dealt with in a timely manner and school officials were working to ensure the safety of that student and the students of Western Reserve. I am confident of that," Wilson said.
"The safety of the student and the district students is primary and we have worked with this student for weeks now," he said.
Wilson was asked if the Wakeman boy has had behavioral or psychological issues.
"I'm not at liberty to discuss the specifics of the student," he said.
However, Wilson said he was notified the boy received a 10-day suspension "with an intent to expel (him)."
"We are acting on our board policies. We are working all related agencies to ensure the safety of all out students and the student involved," the superintendent said.
Per school board policy, Wilson said he is required to release a list of resources to students who are being suspended or expelled "because disciplining should be about helping the student." Those resources include information about parenting classes, social services, mental health, substance abuse and children services.
Wilson was asked about the mood and atmosphere at Western Reserve in light of Tuesday's incident.
"I don't believe the atmosphere at Western is elevated. I don't think the teachers and students feel an elevated sense of risk other then the new reality we're living in with school violence issues," he said.