11-year-old accused of making school threat faces judge

NEWARK, Ohio (WCMH)–At four and a half feet tall and about 80 pounds, the slightly-built defendant who walked into court was unlike most others charged with a felony of inducing panic.

The 11-year-old boy is facing those charges after Licking County Sheriff investigators said he admitted to posting a bomb threat with racial overtones on a Newton Elementary school computer.

His attorney pleaded him not guilty, while his mother sat beside him with her arm around his shoulders. He sat quietly, answering all of Licking County Juvenile Judge Robert Hoover’s questions with  “No sir” or “Yes sir.”

Hoover ordered the boy to have no contact with the school or its personnel, to stay away from using computers, and he can only use the phone with parental permission. He is in the custody of his mother and grandmother at his home.

He is due back in court for a trial on October 22 at 2 p.m.

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