An investigation is ongoing and additional charges could follow in the case of a 16-year-old student who posed a potential risk at Westerville Central High School last week.

The Westerville Central student allegedly exchanged text messages with students in which threats of violent acts against students, police and himself were made.

Greg Viebranz, executive director, communication and technology for the Westerville City School District, said at approximately 1 a.m. March 1, the district received information through its Safe School Helpline that a Westerville Central student was sending inappropriate and threatening texts to several other students.

Leslie Strader, Genoa Township's communications director, said the student made a general threat with no specific timeframe to do harm.

In coordination with a school resource officer, Genoa Township police made an arrest at the suspect's residence in the early morning hours of March 1.

The suspect was transported to the juvenile-detention center on charges of inducing panic, a second-degree felony, and making false alarms, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to the township.

Viebranz said it appears there was only the one individual involved in the matter.

He said Westerville Central families were notified early March 1 of the district's intent to continue with school.

There was an increased law enforcement presence at the school and the district's crisis response team was also on site March 1 to provide support to any staffers or students who needed to talk about the matter, Viebranz said.

"We do want to thank Genoa Township police for their rapid response," he said.

"We also want to thank everyone who provided additional support at Westerville Central so they could continue with their school day."

To make a report of wrongdoings or illegal activity via the district's private, confidential and anonymous helpline, call 1-800-418-6423, ext. 359, or visit safeschoolhelpline.com.

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