UPDATE: Fairfield student arrested for threatening to ‘shoot up’ freshman school

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A Fairfield ninth-grader has been arrested and charged with inducing panic after threatening to “shoot up” the Fairfield Freshman School, Fairfield Twp. police said.

The 14-year-old was arrested on Friday at his residence after the district was made aware of an alleged threat on Thursday evening.

According to police, the student “made threats to commit a school shooting” while on a school bus on Thursday.

He was booked into the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center, police said.

INITIAL REPORT

Fairfield City Schools officials said a student allegedly made a threat involving the Freshman School, which has caused an increased police presence, while North Elementary is closed because of flooding.

Related to the alleged threat, the following statement was posted on the school district’s website:

“In an effort to keep you informed, the following is the text of a rapid notification call sent this morning, September 13, to families of students at the Freshman School, the high school and Compass Elementary.

“The district was made aware of an alleged threat against our freshman school late Thursday evening. As you know, the district takes any threat to the safety and security of our students and staff very seriously.

“The alleged threat is currently being investigated by local law enforcement agencies, and the district has been working closely with the city of Fairfield Police Department and will continue to do so.

“The student that made the alleged threat is not permitted to be on campus today. As a precaution, the city of Fairfield Police Department will be providing an additional police presence at FFS today. If you are a parent or guardian of a student at Compass or FHS, you are receiving a call because of the building’s close proximity to FFS. The district will provide more information as it becomes available.”

Later in the morning, the district said that North Elementary would be closed today.

The district wrote on its website: “North Elementary Parents: North Elementary Is CLOSED today, Friday, September 13 due to an issue with flooding. We tried to remedy this issue, but were unable to do so. Transportation will run the North bus routes, meaning buses will pick students up from their usual stops and bring them to North Elementary. Teachers at North will be calling parents to pick up their children. We are doing this because of the late notice. Thank you.”

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