A Fairfield County judge has dismissed charges against a Pickerington High School North student accused of causing panic by threatening violence at the school.

A Fairfield County judge has dismissed charges against a Pickerington High School North student accused of causing panic by threatening violence at the school.

Juvenile Court Judge Terre L. Vandervoort ruled prosecutors failed to prove Yosief Ghebremariam was the student who wrote on a bathroom wall a threat of a shootout at the school April 14.

Vandervoort dismissed delinquency counts of inducing panic and disorderly conduct against the 15-year-old, noting evidence was not conclusive to show which youth wrote the threat.

Ghebremariam was among four Pickerington school district students charged with causing panic by threatening violence.

The threats were made separately and were not linked, a prosecutor said. Still, the threats occurred consecutively within one week in April, and prompted security sweeps and heightened tension.

The judge's entry dismissing charges was filed in October.

Vandervoort issued rulings earlier in the other three cases.

She ordered Pickerington High School Central student Cameron L. Bayman in May to write an apology and also speak in the district about the dangers of making threats.

Bayman, 17, admitted to inducing panic April 13 by writing a note, found in a school bathroom, with a drawing of a bomb and the words "Allahu Akbar" beneath it.

Bayman told police he had drawn the picture and caption as a joke. The judge said he had been cooperative after he realized the note had prompted the school to be locked down.

Vandervoort ordered PHS Central student Ruel L. Harris, 17, committed to the Ohio Department of Youth Services for six months in May, and suspended the order for intensive supervised probation.

Harris was accused of sending a text message the morning of April 13 that said, "First shots at 10:30. Hope youre (sic) ready," followed by a smiley-face emoji.

A delinquency count of inducing panic was dismissed in a negotiated agreement in which Harris admitted committing several theft-related offenses in a separate case.

Vandervoort found in August that Central student Ashley D. Hammond, 17, was delinquent on one count of making false alarms, for writing threats against the school in two school bathrooms April 7 and April 8.

She then transferred the case to Franklin County Juvenile Court. Hammond lives in Franklin County and has a Canal Winchester mailing address. The status of Hammond's case was not available earlier this week.

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