Newark eighth-grader arrested, charged with threatening a school shooting

Liberty Middle School (WCMH photo)

NEWARK, OH (WCMH) — A Newark eighth grader is under arrest, facing two charges for threatening to carry out a school shooting.

According to court documents, the Liberty Middle School student made several statements about a school shooting over the period of several days.

He also specifically named at least two students as targets, police said.

A Newark City Schools spokesman said several students reported the threats to administrators, who then contacted police.

According to a police sergeant, the student has been suspended from school.

He now faces charges for aggravated menacing and making terroristic threats.

“This isn’t funny,” said Natalie Noyes, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Licking County. “It’s isn’t a joke, and we’re going to take it very seriously if threats like these are made, until we can ensure that it’s safe.”

A Licking County magistrate ordered the teenager to be held in juvenile detention, pending the outcome of a safety assessment.

If convicted, he could face nearly seven years behind bars.

According to police, the student did not possess or have access to any guns. 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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