A Columbus Division of Police officer was present as students arrived at Worthington's McCord Middle School on Thursday, March 1 after a student reportedly made a threat in a group chat with friends.

Worthington Schools spokeswoman Vicki Gnezda said a McCord student made “kind of a nondescript” threat in a group text-message thread Feb. 28.

“One of the students in the group chat shared it with the school office,” she said. “That’s the extent of it.”

She said school administrators were notified and contacted Columbus police, who “got involved immediately.”

Gnezda said that student was not in school today and she did not know the gender or age of the student in question.

Because of the threat, Gnezda said, the school requested a police officer be present during student arrivals March 1 at the building, 1500 Hard Road in Columbus. Worthington school buildings typically do not have a police presence.

Gnezda said it had not yet been determined what punishment the student would face for the threat.

“They’ll have to complete the investigation to determine that,” she said.

Columbus police did not immediately return calls requesting comment.

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