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Published: Friday, 4/12/2013

Teen arrested for making threats about Springfield High's prom


BOWLING GREEN -- A high school student was arrested today after authorities allege he made threats related to Springfield High School’s prom.

Joseph L. H. Taylor, 19, a student with senior status at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg Township, was charged with inducing panic and is currently held at the Wood County Justice Center on a $50,000 bond.

Mr. Taylor attends the career center as a Springfield Local Schools student and allegedly made threats on Facebook to harm an individual during the high school prom, to be held Saturday. Following the report, authorities searched his residence where they recovered an airsoft pistol. He also is charged with receiving stolen property from an unrelated incident, according to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

Springfield Superintendent Kathryn Hott said the prom will take place as scheduled and stressed school officials are confident the event is safe.

“There is no concern. We are fine; it was taken care of this morning,” she said.

Security personnel will be on hand at the prom, a common precaution for school events, and the school will not put in place additional security measures, she said.

Mr. Taylor is scheduled to appear Monday in Bowling Green Municipal Court.

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