SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — A Lakeside Junior High School boy is facing charges in juvenile court after being accused of making threats toward the school and another student.
The boy could face a felony charge of inducing panic and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, according to a police report. County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci said the incident is under review by his office.
A sheriff’s office deputy met with school officials Monday where the boy openly admitted to talking about shooting up the school, the report states.
The boy was first accused of making threats on Sept. 11 and the sheriff’s office was notified that other students saw the boy making a hit list at his lunch table, the report states. School officials met with the boy and his father at that time, where the boy admitted to being upset although he said he would never hurt anyone and he did not realize the seriousness of his actions.
“After a lengthy conversation we felt that [the boy] was not a threat and it was agreed upon that he would start counseling,” a deputy wrote in the report. The report also states the boy received a “school consequence” at that time.
On Oct. 11 a deputy was informed the boy again made remarks about shooting up the school, the report states. Parents had called the school about statements two of the boy’s classmates heard him saying while they were all playing an online video game.
Superintendent Mark Potts said the incident was investigated.
“On September 11th, we were alerted to possible threatening comments made by a student,” Potts wrote in a statement. “We have a very detailed safety protocol that was followed. Law enforcement determined that there was no threat.”
However, Potts has a different take on what occurred in the second incident. On Oct. 11, Potts wrote, the issue resurfaced when the student reported to another why he had gotten in trouble.
The boy also reportedly told officials during the Monday meeting that when other students have asked him about the September incident he tells them the truth.
A thorough investigation determined that there was no second threat, Potts said. Students and staff were never in harm’s way and the student no longer attends that building, Potts said.
“AACS takes all threats seriously, and we want to continue to encourage students that if they hear something or see something to say something,” Potts wrote.