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Elyria student who brought pellet gun to school made threats against staff and students

February 28, 2019

Elyria student who brought pellet gun to school made threats against staff and students

ELYRIA, Ohio -- A 14-year-old student armed with a pellet gun made threats toward students and staff at Eastern Heights Middle School, police said.

Police took the student into custody Thursday. He faces charges of inducing panic, making terroristic threats and burglary, Elyria police said in a news release.

Police did not report any injuries in the incident that happened about 2 p.m. at the school located on Garford Avenue near Prospect Street, the release says.

The boy ran away from school when administrators told him they called the police.

Administrators told police they caught wind of a student telling people he had a gun, and that he made threats about shooting students and staff, the release says.

Officers canvassed school grounds and went to the boy’s home, but couldn’t find him.

They eventually found him about 8:45 a.m. Thursday at a vacant home on Melvyn Lane near Infirmary Road.

He admitted to police he had a pellet gun while in school, but ditched it in a trash can on Harvard Avenue, the release says. He also admitted to making threats, police said.

Police took the boy to the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home where he will be held until a court appearance, the release says.

Elyria City Schools intends to discipline the student as well, the release says.

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