The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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May 8, 2014

Lakeside High School student arrested after Nike receives threat

JEFFERSON — A 17-year-old Lakeside High School student was arrested on a felony charge relating to something he may have posted on a social media site.

The student is being charged with felony inducing panic after he allegedly Tweeted a threat to the Nike Corporation on May 5, according to an Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department report.

ACSO receiving a call from Nike’s security division reporting the incident.

The student allegedly posted on Twitter “I’m shooting y’all store up tomorrow @ 2:30 @nikecorp,” according to the report.

Nike’s security team reported the threat was tweeted sometime between 7 and 8 p.m. The representative from Nike told deputies the company has taken the threat as credible and took various measures to ensure the safety of its employees, according to the report.

Three stores in the area were put on alert for a potential active shooter; additional preparedness measures for an active shooter were reviewed; guards were placed at three locations until the incident was resolved; and, stores were put on high alert, according to the report.

When questioned about the incident, the student said the tweet was meant to be a joke and he would never hurt anyone. He reportedly told deputies he was upset with Nike because he did not hear about a restock, according to the report.

The student reportedly posted the tweet from his cell phone at his home in Ashtabula, according to the report.

The student’s cell phone was confiscated and he was arrested and transported to the Ashtabula County Youth Detention Center, according to the report.


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