Grandview Heights police say school threat was directed towards specific students


GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio (WCMH)– Police in Grandview Heights say a school threat was made towards specific students, but they are still investigating.

According to the Grandview Heights Division of Police, the new information on the threat of a shooting at Grandview Heights High School concerned the safety of specific students and possibly being the target of future violence.

Police said a sophomore at Grandview Heights High School threatened a school shooting in a social media post.

Grandview Heights police were alerted of the threat and searched the students’ home on Burr Avenue. They reportedly found what looked like a homemade incendiary device in the student’s bedroom. Two multi-unit apartment buildings were evacuated. Fire departments and the Columbus Division of Fire Bomb Squad responded to assist.

The bomb squad determined it was a smoke bomb made to look like an explosive.

The student was questioned at the police station and admitted to making the post. He said he copied it from another unknown person on social media, which police say is true. The boy was then released to his mother. Charges are pending for inducing panic.

Krista Joseph, a parent, said the positives in the community far outweigh negatives like this.

“Our football team is going to playoffs. We have the fall play tonight. These kids are working very, very hard and put a lot of effort into it. Our girls soccer team and boys soccer team, they all went to playoffs. A lot of positive things are going on here in the community. I just hate that this is putting a bad light to it.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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