Inside a classroom at the Citadel, police said a 17-year-old student threatened to shoot up the school.
But his mother, Carrie Boden, says her son does not have the capacity to do that.
"He is in that school and that is one of the reasons he is there, is to try and help him, to prevent him from these types of acting out,” said Boden.
Boden said her son is schizophrenic and bipolar, and she claims the Citadel is not prepared to deal with his specific needs.
"He can be very loud, get a deep voice and sound very scary, but the point is he is scared when all of this is going on. And that's how he's trying to protect himself,” said Boden.
The school would not address any student case specifically, but released the following statement to 10TV News.
“Our goal at the Citadel, through the Licking County Educational Service Center, is to provide protection and a safe environment for our students. We will take whatever measures necessary to provide this protection,” said the statement.
Boden said her son's previous school, when she lived in Franklin County, was a better fit for him.
Although she is now living in Fairfield County, she plans to fight to get him back into his old school.
"Nobody knows how to deal with him, and they are not letting the people who do know how have the chance,” added Boden.
Boden said her son spent the night in jail and was released after his arraignment. He was charged with Inducing Panic and is now home with his parents.
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