Marysville News

Teenager charged in 'school shooting' probe

Another student is praised for calling 911 after two girls asked him about firearms


Police headed off what could have been a dangerous situation last week after a 911 call from a concerned student at Marysville High School.

"The 15-year-old caller stated he had been approached by two freshman girls about him supplying firearms for a school shooting," said Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden.

The call came in to the Union County Sheriff's Office Communications Center at 3:08 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3.

A 15-year-old girl was arrested that evening and taken to the Central Ohio Youth Center on state Route 4.

"She was charged with soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism, a felony of the third degree," Golden said.

The other girl involved in the incident, who is 14 years old, was referred for an evaluation.

"Due to comments she made during and after an interview, (she) was transported to the Memorial Hospital of Union County for evaluation out of concern for her own safety," Golden said.

Police have not commented on a motive or other information about the girls' plans. The investigation is ongoing, Golden said, so police are limited in the information they can release.

The Union County prosecutor's office did not return calls for comment by press time.

Marysville High School Principal Aaron Cook sent an email to parents about the incident, stating that at no time were students or staff in danger. He encouraged parents to talk with their children about the expectations for student behavior and the potential consequences for violations of the student code of conduct.

"These students will be held accountable for their actions while following proper disciplinary protocol; any consequences will be assigned in accordance with the student code of conduct," Cook wrote.

In an email interview, Cook said the district follows a standard procedure in cases involving threats.

"First, we investigate the threat and work in collaboration with the police department. Second, we communicate out information to our parents and faculty. Third, we follow disciplinary protocol for any infractions and issue consequences in accordance with the student code of conduct," Cook said.

"We take all threats seriously and investigate them."

"School safety is everyone's responsibility and we appreciate all those who do the right thing," Cook wrote to parents. "Safety is of the utmost importance in our schools. All of us are responsible for the safety of our students. Thank you to those who stand up for the right thing."

Golden said the teenager who called in the concern did exactly what he should have.

"It is important for anyone who becomes aware of a potentially dangerous situation, such as this, to make law enforcement aware of the possibility," Golden said. "The young man who reported this is to be commended for doing the right thing."