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Ironton High School freshman taken into custody over threats to students, school

November 30, 2017 GMT

IRONTON — An Ironton High School freshman was taken into custody Wednesday morning after threats allegedly were made against the school and some students, according to Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless.

The sheriff’s office was notified at about 8:30 a.m. about the alleged threats, according to a news release.

The school was put on immediate lockdown. Authorities were told the student wasn’t in school, so deputies and Ironton police went to the student’s home and found him in bed, according to Lawless.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office interviewed the student and he admitted making the threatening statements in text messages to friends, Lawless said. The student said he was only joking when writing and sending the texts, according to Lawless.

“All threats against our students are taken very seriously,” Lawless said. “We do not consider it a joke to threaten our children, and doing so will be met with criminal charges.”

After consulting with the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office, the student was charged with delinquency by inducing panic, Lawless said.

The student then was taken to the Lawrence County Juvenile Center on Ohio 93 north of Ironton, according to the release.

Other schools in the county also were notified about the threat at Ironton High School, according to the release.