Teen issued $500K bond, ordered to stay off internet after Beechcroft HS threat

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COLUMBUS -- An 18-year-old student was arrested Sunday night after a social media threat was made against Beechcroft High School, according to Columbus police.

Police said the student, identified as Deandre Davon Fleming, 18, has been charged with inducing panic, a second-degree felony.

Fleming appeared before a judge Monday morning and set his bond at $500,000.

Fleming was also ordered not to use the internet.

On Friday, the threat was discovered on social media at about 1:15 p.m. and indicated there would be an attack at the school on Monday. In court, police revealed the threat was posted on Instagram and indicated harm to two teachers.

The investigation was done by the Columbus Division of Police Counter Terrorism Unit, High School Resource Unit, and Ohio Bureau of Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit. Assistance also was provided by the Statewide Terrorism Analysis and Crime Center (STACC), Ohio Homeland Security Threat Assessment and Prevention Unit (TAP) and OSP Intel Unit.

The investigation resulted in probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the student's home. The search warrant was executed by the Columbus Division of Police Counter Terrorism Unit and BCI with the assistance of the Columbus Division of Police SWAT Team on Sunday.

Detectives collected evidence of the crime and arrested Fleming. Investigators said Fleming admitted to police he made the Instagram post.

According to Franklin County court records, Fleming has a history of inducing panic. In February 2014, records show Fleming called in two separate bomb threats to Woodward Park Middle School. The first case was dismissed but the second case put him in Juvenile detention for two months before being released in May of 2014.

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