COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of plotting a school shooting in suburban Columbus.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien and Hilliard police Chief Robert Fisher announced a charge Tuesday of conspiracy to commit murder filed against the boy, who was arrested Friday while under surveillance.
The boy was suspended last month from Hilliard-Davidson High School after another student alerted school officials with concerns about the alleged plot.
O’Brien says other students are being interviewed, but no additional arrests have been made.
O’Brien said a motive hasn’t been identified. A hearing was scheduled later this month for a judge to decide whether to move the case to adult court. The boy is being held in juvenile detention.
The school district released a statement in September, around the time the threat was first discovered but did not provide any details about the threat at the time.
Late yesterday afternoon School Resource Officer Richard Quigley was made aware of a potential threat at Davidson High School. The officer and school principals acted quickly to isolate those involved and ensure the safety of students and staff. Additional police and school personnel were called in to assist and begin the investigation.
The preliminary investigation has revealed that there was a perceivable threat from a student or students. Thankfully this threat was in the early planning stages and never posed any harm to students or staff. Our agency is in full investigative mode gathering evidence and working with the city prosecutor to determine what charges will be filed. Our agency will release the names of the offender(s) and what they are being charged with as soon as possible.
Our agency wants to assure you that we will give you as much information as possible without jeopardizing the investigation. We will never take any threat lightly and will do everything possible to ensure the safety of our school and community. We would like to assure parents and community members that there is no danger posed to our community from this incident.
We ask that community members refrain from speculating or spreading rumors that may create undo concerns.
The Hilliard City School District and the City of Hilliard could not be more proud of our community. Our citizens have truly adopted the “See Something, Say Something” attitude. Your help is needed to keep our community safe.