Franklin student accused of social media threat released from Juvenile Detention Center

A teen accused of making a social media threat against Franklin High School has been released from the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center while he awaits adjudication on his charge.

Warren County Juvenile Judge Joseph Kirby released the youth to his custodial aunt following a hearing on Sept. 13.

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Kirby also ordered the youth into the Supporting Opportunities for Success (S.O.S.) program at the Mary Haven Youth Center in Lebanon between the hours of 8 a.m and 3 p.m. for educational and/or monitoring purposes. The cost of his education will be paid by the Franklin City School District, as required by state law, while he is in the program.

In addition, Kirby continued his order prohibiting the teen from access or use of social media or the Internet unless it is used for educational purposes — and that usage must be supervised by an appropriate adult.

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The teen, who was arrested Sept. 5 following police questioning, entered a plea of denial to a charge of inducing panic on school grounds, a second-degree felony.

A plea of denial in the juvenile court system is the equivalent of a not guilty plea in adult criminal court.

The teen’s next appearance in court is scheduled for Oct. 8.

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