Student Arrested For Allegedly Threatening School Shooting


UPDATED: Wednesday September 25, 2013 11:41 PM

The Licking County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 15-year-old who allegedly threatened a school shooting Thursday at Watkins Memorial High School.

"It's kind of shocking because out here, in this part of the woods so to speak, you didn't think you'd hear something like that," said parent Deron Loevenguth.

Loevenguth has two kids in the school.

"So now there's the debate on should we send them to school tomorrow or not? I don't know," said Loevenguth.

Deputies say a faculty member contact authorities Wednesday saying the male student made threats to retrieve a .22 caliber weapon and shoot students who attend the school the following day.

Principal Ben Richards said the threat happened after school. A bus driver reported it.

"A driver was notified that a threat was made against our school," said Richards.

School leaders immediately contacted the Licking County Sheriff's office.  Deputies arrested the student at his house.

"They believe the situation is absolutely taken care of," Richards said.

The school put out the all call to parents about what happened. Loevenguth is still uneasy, but says parents feel better when they know what's going on.

"As long as its exposed, that's the right thing, letting everybody know," Richards said.

The principal says the school and the sheriff's department do not think this threat involves anyone except the student in custody.

That teen is being held in the Licking County Juvenile Center.

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