Pickerington Central HS placed on lockdown after student sends threat of violence

PICKERINGTON, OH (WCMH) —  Police in Pickerington say they are investigating a threat that was made towards Pickerington Central High School Wednesday morning.

The school was placed on full lockdown, which was later turned into a “soft lockdown,” meaning students and staff can move about inside but no one can come and go.

The school said in a statement Wednesday evening that students were released at their regular time.

According to police the third incident started after someone group-texted students saying they would shoot the school up at 10:30 a.m.

Pickerington Police Commander Greg Annis says some students made the situation worse by posting to social media that shots were fired. He said that is not true, and doesn’t believe this threat is related to the other two.

Police say a juvenile suspect admitted to the first threat of a shooting scrolled on the girl’s bathroom wall.

According to Annis, that student has been charged with a felony count of inducing panic. School officials said FERPA rules do not allow them to say want discipline that student faces. The second incident posted on SnapChat shows a student holding a shotgun and making racial threats. Annis said that incident is still being investigated, but did say students are suspected in that case.

Ball said the school day will end at the regular time around 1:50 p.m. and the school day is progressing normally..

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