The student also indicated in the message she “wasn’t sure if she wanted to shoot up the school.”
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The text message led to the lockdowns of all Middletown schools, Lakota East High School and the Lakota East Freshman campus. Those lockdowns lasted more than three hours.
The message was received by the wellness center on the Middletown High School campus, which sends messages confirming appointments. The text message received was a response to that appointment reminder, officials said.
The student was identified, found with the phone that sent the text message and confessed, police and school officials said.
Officials said a phone with a number related to the phone that sent the message was “pinged” at Lakota East High School, which caused the lockdowns there.
After an assessment of the teen by forensic psychologist Bobbie Hopes that indicated she was “at low risk to harm herself or others,” Craft placed her on home incarceration, releasing her on Wednesday from juvenile detention.
“This case is not just about her, it is also about whether the school district and community is going to be safe if I release her, I take that very seriously,” Craft said.
The girl shook her head and answered,” yes, sir,” when he told her, “I am taking a chance with you.”
Craft ordered the teen to stay away from all Middletown and Lakota schools property unless invited by school officials, such as for school disciplinary hearings.
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