Upper Arlington Parents Push For Investigation Into Alleged Threats

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UPDATED: Friday February 28, 2014 5:49 PM

Students are facing threats from a fellow student without enough action from their school—that is the claim of some Upper Arlington High School parents.

The controversy centers around a series of texts one high school student allegedly sent to another student earlier this week.

"The children involved all seem to have the same fear that this kid could hurt them," one concerned mother said.

10TV is not revealing her identity in order to protect her son.

She shared some of the texts she says threatened her student.

Those texts included statements like this one:  "They don't know. No one knows. They don't know that I'm planning to bring a Molotov tomorrow. They (expletive) don't. And yet they believe that UA is perfectly safe."

Another text mentions the basketball team and says "I'm going to make all the little (expletives) on Wednesday pay."

The mother says her son is terrified.

“He has said that if this boy comes back to school, then he doesn't want to go back to school,” she said.

10TV obtained the police report filed by one of the parents. In it, a student claims there was a "hit list" in one of the texts.

Another parent, whose identity 10TV is hiding to protect his son, believes his teen may have been on the alleged “hit list.”

"If it is nothing, show me it's nothing,” he said.

The father says he and his wife were never notified by the school about the threats.

He says when they called the school to talk about their concerns, the school told them it was not an issue.

"I think they should be letting people know,” he said.

Upper Arlington school officials said they cannot talk about the specifics in the police report, but they did issue the following statement:

"Students who make threats are disciplined according to board policy, which calls for removal from school.  School personnel discuss such situations with the families of all students involved."

But the parents 10TV spoke with say they have yet to be contacted by the school.

"They say they're taking it seriously, but it seems more like they're trying to keep it hush-hush,” said the unidentified mother.

 

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10TV has been in contact with Upper Arlington Schools throughout the week regarding this story. The district issued two statements in regards to the parent complaints.

"Any situation involving threats to student safety are taken very seriously.  Students who make threats are disciplined according to board policy, which calls for removal from school.  School personnel discuss such situations with the families of all students involved. If additional information/evidence comes forward at anytime, our administrative team will investigate all concerns."

"Student safety and security is a top priority for Upper Arlington Schools.  Staff members follow all board policies and applicable laws to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment for students."

“He has said that if this boy comes back to school, then he doesn't want to go back to school,” she said.

10TV obtained the police report filed by one of the parents. In it, a student claims there was a "hit list" in one of the texts.

Another parent, whose identity 10TV is hiding to protect his son, believes his teen may have been on the alleged “hit list.”

"If it is nothing, show me it's nothing,” he said.

The father says he and his wife were never notified by the school about the threats.

He says when they called the school to talk about their concerns, the school told them it was not an issue.

"I think they should be letting people know,” he said.

Upper Arlington school officials said they cannot talk about the specifics in the police report, but they did issue the following statement:

"Students who make threats are disciplined according to board policy, which calls for removal from school.  School personnel discuss such situations with the families of all students involved."

But the parents 10TV spoke with say they have yet to be contacted by the school.

"They say they're taking it seriously, but it seems more like they're trying to keep it hush-hush,” said the unidentified mother.

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