Licking Heights student accused of threatening school, classes canceled Friday after racial hate speech found

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PATASKALA, OH (WCMH) — Licking Heights Central Middle School has canceled classes for Friday due to threats against the building and its students.

In a second letter sent home to parents, the district says additional evidence has been found regarding Thursday’s threat at Central Middle School. The school says threatening language, including racial hate speech, was found.

School officials say the school is expanding the investigation to determine if more students are involved. Staff is expected to report to work on Friday as police and school district officials continue to investigate.

Thursday, a seventh-grade student at Licking Heights Central Middle School is under arrest after authorities said he threatened to carry out a shooting at the school.

According to police, a school resource officer identified the student who was removed from a bus and taken into custody before the school day.

Investigators said he was not carrying a weapon.

Superintendent Philip Wagner said he notified parents of the incident, with a telephone call, once the student was placed under arrest.

“School safety is something that’s paramount to what we do,” he explained. “Whether it’s an alleged copycat or not, we’re going to pursue it.”

The unidentified student is charged with menacing, and due in juvenile court on Friday.

The alleged incident is the second threat made at Central Middle School, in as many days.

Police said they are also investigating a written threat, discovered in a girl’s bathroom.

“If a threat comes out, we will look into it and investigate it, to see if there’s anything to it,” said Pataskala Deputy Chief Michael Boales.

So far, no arrests have been made in this first threat.

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