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18-year-old student charged after threatening violence at school

An 18-year-old Delaware teen has been charged with obstructing justice after allegedly threatening to carry out a school shooting last month.

The Delaware County Prosecutor's Office filed charges in a bill of information against Troy Fisher Ferguson, who is a student at Delaware Hayes. A bill of information was filed in this case because both sides agreed to the charge, a third-degree felony before the case went before a grand jury.

Ferguson was taken into custody on Nov. 7 after two Delaware Hayes High School students reported the alleged threat. He was transported to the Delaware County Jail where he is being held on a $150,000 municipal court bond. An arraignment date in common pleas court is not yet set.

Classes at the school were canceled Nov. 8 while law enforcement investigated.

School resumed session on Nov. 9 after officials determined nobody else was involved.

“We live in a time where we simply cannot ignore threatening statements,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “We’ve seen over and over the tragedy that can happen, and I commend the students who came forward to report to the school resource officer what they heard.”


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