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Police investigate alleged threat by Southview student against peers

Sylvania Police are still piecing together details of an incident from which a 14-year-old boy has been charged with making threats to harm students at Southview High School.

Police this week arrested the Southview ninth grader for delinquency in connection with making a terroristic threat to intimidate or coerce others. He also was charged with violating the state’s Safe Schools Act.

Sylvania Police Chief William Rhodus said Friday that the teen is in custody and the case is pending in Lucas County Juvenile Court.

Witnesses on Monday alerted a police officer and school officials at Southview that the teen was carrying a knife. No knife was found by police, but a staff member reported later that day overhearing students discuss concerns again about the knife.

 Authorities said that the teen confessed to having a knife. Police were told by a witness that the teen had a “hit list,” and police found the boy had a paper with names listed on it. The paper and his iPod were confiscated. The names on the paper have not been released.

Sylvania Police Sgt. Justin Music said the police believe this to be an isolated incident, stressing that Southview is safe for its students.

Sergeant Music said the teen reported to the school's resource officer a few days before the reported knife incident that an unauthorized person had posted inappropriate comments on his Facebook page.

Sergeant Music said both matters are being investigated, and it is unclear whether the Facebook incident is related to the alleged threat.

Sylvania Schools spokesman Nancy Crandell said the teen who has been charged is on a 10-day suspension with the intent to expel. The school's policy requires due process for student discipline, and the process calls for school officials to meet with the student and his family before deciding on expulsion.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso. 

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