A 14-year-old Ross High School student is facing a felony charge following a social media post last night referencing the school shooting in Florida, according to township police.
The student was taken into custody at 6:30 a.m. this morning and has been charged with inducing panic, a second-degree felony. The juvenile will be held at the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center. The case remains under investigation.
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“Overnight, Ross Township Police became aware of a post made by a Ross High School student on social media which made reference to yesterday’s horrible tragedy in Florida. The department immediately contacted district administration,” said Brian Martin, high school principal in a press release. “Ross High School staff members met at 7:00 a.m this morning to review the event and discuss questions and concerns. The student who initially saw the threat on social media and shared the information with her parents is to be commended. Through her quick actions and communication to her parents, police were able to work with Ross administration and respond quickly. We had multiple students and community members reach out to make us aware of the situation and that should be encouraging to all of us. That is exactly what we want to happen.”
The principal added, “This is yet another opportunity for parents to remind their children, “If you see something, hear something, or know something, SAY SOMETHING.”