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Beechcroft student arraigned for making school threat

COLUMBUS (WCMH) - An 18-year-old Beechcroft High School student appeared in court Monday morning on charges after police say he made a threat against the school on social media.

A Franklin County Court judge is not letting the teen off easy. Deandre Fleming is being charged with inducing panic after allegedly making several threatening posts on Instagram saying that he would, "Kill teachers and anyone who gets in his way."

"The arrest last night was a felony of the second degree. The suspect is probably looking at years behind," said Lt. Brent Mull, CPD Homeland Security.

Fleming was arrested Sunday at his Bayfield Drive home just blocks away from the high school.

Monday, officers were posted outside the building.

Parent Shatiya Newsom still worries about school safety.

"He should have been in jail. He should not have been doing that," said Newsom.

Her daughter, Ciera Newsom, says she knew Fleming, calling him

A troubled kid.

"They wasn't really going to so nothing. They were just playing," said Ciera.

Others like grandparent Betty Smith wants students to know these threats are not a joking matter.

"No school is exempt from being threatened, copycats whatever they are doing I wish they were out of there," said Smith.

Columbus Police continue to search for that individual that made threats to Eastmoor Academy.


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