Thursday, March 08, 2001

Gun threat puts student in custody

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON — A 16-year-old Hamilton High School student arrested Tuesday on charges that he talked about bringing a gun to school and would shoot somebody will remain in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center until a hearing Monday before Juvenile Judge David Niehaus.

        The boy has been suspended from school for 10 days and faces expulsion, said Tom Alf, Hamilton High School principal.

        The Enquirer is not naming the boy because he is a juvenile.

        “He won't be back this school year,” said Joni Copas, spokeswoman for Hamilton schools.

        School officials said a teacher overheard the student make the threat and alerted administrators who then called police. Hamilton Police Officer Dave Crawford said police arrested the boy at school about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, and then searched the boy's home. No guns were found.

        “We're taking all these calls seriously,” Officer Crawford said. “The school administration and police have a good working relationship.”

        The boy was arraigned Wednesday on aggravated menacing and making false alarms, both misdemeanors if charged in adult court, said Toni Pagano, director of administrative services for juvenile court.


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