SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) – 18-year-old Andrew Stadler will not serve time behind bars. Instead, a Warren County judge sentenced him to 3 years of supervised probation Tuesday. For the first time in court–Stadler in his own words–apologized for the bomb threat.
“I’m really, really sorry for placing the bomb threat,” Stadler said. “I’m sorry for not getting help when I should have.”
Stadler showed remorse Tuesday in a Warren County Courtroom for his actions back on April 27th. That’s when he wrote a bomb threat on a bathroom stall inside Springboro High School. The same day he says he planned to commit suicide.
“I put myself in a really dark place,” Stadler said. “Instead of getting help I stayed there. I did this and I’m so sorry for doing it.”
Stadler plead guilty to felonies–including 2 counts of inducing panic and 1 count of making false alarms. As part of his plea deal, Stadler personally hand-wrote more than 1,500 letters to each and every student apologizing for what happened. It was something that hit especially close to home for Judge Donald Oda.
“My son got one of those letters because he was at the school when this happened,” Judge Oda said. “I will tell you from a personal stand point I have a special needs child and evacuating the schools are very difficult on the special needs kids.”
Stadler’s attorney declined my request for an interview, but I did speak with Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell–who read the apology Stadler wrote to students.
“He was very candid,” Fornshell said. “In terms of what he was going through and the struggles he was going through in his personal life and the time he engaged in this threat and encourage other young people who are in that type of situation to not act out in this way, but to reach out for help.”
As part of Stadler’s probation, he’ll have to participant in outpatient mental health treatment. He’ll also remain on house arrest and be required to wear an electronic monitoring device through January 3rd.