The Genoa Township Police Department has made an arrest after a tip to the Safe School Helpline overnight that a student allegedly had exchanged text messages threatening Westerville Central High School.

A 16-year-old Central student allegedly exchanged text messages threatening violent acts against students, police and himself, according to a press release from Genoa Township police.

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.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges could follow.

An increased presence of law enforcement is at the school today, March 1, and a crisis-response team is on site to support students and staff, police said.

To make a report via the Westerville City School District’s private, confidential and anonymous helpline, call 1-800-418-6423, ext. 359, or go online at