Upper Arlington News

UA police called after student receives text threats


The parents of an Upper Arlington High School student called police after they said their son received threatening text messages from another student at the school.

According to an Upper Arlington police report, the student who sent the text messages also allegedly threatened to bring an explosive device to the school.

Police said the texts were sent from one boy to another between noon Feb. 23 and noon Feb. 24.

According to the police report, the boy who wrote the texts also allegedly made threats against staff members, other students at the school and members of the boys basketball team.

Karen Truett, district director of communications, said she could not comment on how the student's discipline was handled because of privacy restrictions.

"Any situation involving threats to student safety is taken very seriously," she said. "Students who make threats are disciplined according to board policy, which calls for removal from school. School personnel discuss such situations with the families of all students involved."

She said the district did not conduct a mass mailing to notify parents of the incident because the dispute was considered to be between the two boys and was not viewed as a safety threat to the building.

"If any additional information or evidence comes forward at any time, our administrative team will investigate all concerns," she said.

Parents of Jones Middle School students were notified when a bomb threat was called in to the school office at 9:55 a.m. Feb. 21. The building was evacuated and students were taken to a nearby school. Students were out of the building for about 45 minutes while police searched the building and school grounds.

Heather Galli, from the police division's community relations unit, said UA police and school district officials are continuing to investigate, trying to find out who made the phone call.

She said no suspicious items were found after the search of the school.

ThisWeek reporter Nate Ellis contributed to this story.