Police: Ohio teen social media post shows ‘simulated weapon’

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PERRYSBURG, Ohio (AP) — A high school student who police say posted a video on social media showing him packing a “simulated weapon” in his backpack with a warning not to go to school the next day has been arrested in northwest Ohio on a juvenile charge of inducing panic.

The Blade in Toledo reports Perrysburg Deputy Chief James Rose says police don’t believe the video depicted a real weapon and no other students appeared to be involved.

Perrysburg superintendent Thomas Hosler said school officials are evaluating the situation and will make a later determination regarding “any potential disciplinary action.” A student saw the post and told a parent, who contacted a school administrator, he said.

“It’s just a very real reminder [to] students how careful you have to be with posting things, and that’s just a very difficult lesson for students to learn. It’s vital that they understand, ‘You can’t just post anything that they want,’” Mr. Hosler said.

Hosler says a student told a parent about the post. The parent alerted a school official who reported it to police Monday night.

The 15-year-old student is being held at the Wood County Detention Facility.

Hosler says school officials will make a later determination regarding “any potential disciplinary action.”

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