HILLIARD, Ohio (WCMH)– Police in Hilliard are investigating after they say a student tried to buy a gun and made threats towards a city high school.
According to the Hilliard Division of Police, officers were made aware by school staff of a 16-year-old student at Hilliard Darby High School who had made threats towards the school and had allegedly attempted to purchase a gun. He also allegedly said he would bring gasoline to the school.
Police said officers immediately responded and working with school staff, detained the suspect. The student has been charged with fifth degree felony inducing panic.
According to police, no students were ever in any immediate danger or harm out of the incident. Detectives and officers continue to investigate the incident.
The Hilliard Chief of Police, Robert Fisher, told reporters today that this student made a similar threat while in middle school and believed he really was intending violence.
But the real story may be what happened next.
Other students heard about the threat first and took action.
They reported it to teachers and staff, they reported it to police, and the sophomore was arrested, suspended, and may be expelled.
“We’ve been working very closely with staff in the building and the students with the message ‘see something, say something’ and I definitely applaud that student and all the others that did come forward today to provide us information,” Fisher said.
Superintendent John Marschhausen said, “The school administration and staff acted swiftly and with purpose. Hilliard Police responded with overwhelming support. We are blessed to live in a community with such a strong partnership with our law enforcement officials. We have complete confidence and trust that our local police will continue to work in partnership with us to keep our students safe.”
Mother Tonya Malone said she is glad a student mentioned something to the authorities.
“When I heard my daughter tell me that, that students actually reported it, I was glad that they spoke up,” she said. “It could have been something. It could have turned into something awful.”