Friday, March 09, 2001

Tristate students face charges over threats of violence

By Cindy Kranz and Sue Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Students in Hamilton and Butler counties were charged by police Thursday after incidents involving threats of violence.

        • In Anderson Township, a 13-year-old Nagel Middle School student was arrested Thursday morning because a teacher discovered a “hit list” under his desk that threatened to blow up people with a nuclear bomb.

        The eighth-grader was charged with inducing panic and was released to the custody of his parents, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said.

        • In Oxford, two Talawanda High School brothers were suspended from school and charged after one brother threatened to bring a gun to school, police said.

        Oxford police charged twins Eric and Shaun Johnson, 18, of Hanover Township, with one count each of aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor.

        In the Nagel Middle School incident, the “hit list” included names of 22 students and Nagel administrators, including the principal. Investigators determined that the student had placed his own name on the list and attempted to blame another student for making the list, the sheriff's office said.

        “We found out the list was written for the sole purpose of getting another student in trouble,” Nagel Principal Mike Stabile said. “There was no viable threat to any staff member or student.”

        The Nagel student was suspended for 10 days and will undergo an expulsion hearing.

        A letter explaining the incident was sent home with all students Thursday.

        In the Talawanda incident, Oxford police said Eric Johnson threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot someone on Feb. 26. A student reported the threat to school officials and an investigation began. Shaun Johnson then threatened a teacher because his brother was in trouble, said Oxford Detective Sgt. John Buchholz.

        Police searched the Johnson home and removed several guns. Police do not know whether the guns belonged to the twins or someone else in their family.

        Talawanda Superintendent Susan Cobb said the brothers have been recommended for expulsion.


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