Reading School Reopens after Student's Alleged Threat of Gun Violence

The student was arraigned Thursday morning and remains in custody at the Hamilton County Juvenile Youth Court Center.

click to enlarge Reading police officers arrested a student for allegedly making threats of gun violence. - ripster8, Unsplash
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Reading police officers arrested a student for allegedly making threats of gun violence.
A Greater Cincinnati school is returning to classes today after being closed Thursday due to a threat of violence.

On Wednesday, the Reading Police Department took into custody a 13-year-old student from the Reading Community City School District who allegedly had made violent threats. The student was arrested and charged with inciting panic.

The student was arraigned Thursday morning and remains in custody at the Hamilton County Juvenile Youth Court Center in Mt. Auburn until their next hearing on Dec. 20.
click to enlarge On Dec. 8, 2021, the Reading Police Department shared this Snapchat post that Reading students were sharing about an alleged threat. - facebook.com/City-of-Reading-Ohio-Police-Department
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On Dec. 8, 2021, the Reading Police Department shared this Snapchat post that Reading students were sharing about an alleged threat.

In a Dec. 8 message to parents within the school district, Reading superintendent Jason Enix said that schools would close the following day due to a threat of gun violence circulating on social media. Also on Wednesday, the Reading Police Department shared a screenshot of a Snapchat post shared among Reading students that said, "There is a risk that one of the students will shoot up the school tomorrow" and "DO NOT GO, this is important."

After police arrested the student, Enix sent another message to guardians Thursday, saying that the threat was over and that classes would resume Friday. The district's website also said that schools would be open but as of Friday morning, it did not mention the reason or the previous days' activities. Reading's Facebook and Twitter accounts also did not mention the threat.

"While still under investigation, district and school administration and the Reading Police Department have no indication that there continues to be a threat to our school based on this incident," Enix wrote. "As a result, Reading Community City Schools will be open on Friday, December 10th. I have requested an additional police presence on campus tomorrow as an added precaution as our students and staff return to school."

Enix also provided a link to the National Association of School Psychologists's tips for discussing violence with children.


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