Students at Canton South, Sandy Valley, Perry and Canton City arrested in last 48 hours.

Thirteen local students have been arrested on school threat-related charges in the last 17 days, including four in the last 48 hours.

Nine boys and three girls are facing criminal charges for making threats against their respective schools, Jacob Morgan, assistant court administrator for Stark County Family Court, said Friday.

One other student was charged as an adult.

Family Court records show that at least 10 of the recently arrested youngsters are charged with inducing panic, a second-degree felony. 

The eldest of those charged —an 18-year-old Canton South student — was arrested at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday after a chemistry teacher reported that the student threatened to conduct a mass shooting at his school, Stark County Jail records show. The student was jailed on misdemeanor charges of aggravated menacing and making false alarms, and later released on his own recognizance pending a Canton Municipal Court hearing.

Also on Wednesday, a Stark County Sheriff's deputy working at Plain Local Schools arrested a 14-year-old Sandy Valley Local Schools student, accusing him of felony inducing panic, Stark County Family Court records show.

Then on Friday, Perry Township police arrested a 13-year-old Edison Middle School boy and Canton police arrested at 12-year-old boy who attends Crenshaw Middle School, court records show. Morgan said each of those boys were charged with aggravated menacing in incidents involving threats against their schools.

All the students, ranging in age from 10 to 18, have been arrested since Feb. 21, the day after a Jackson Middle School student shot himself in a boys' bathroom.

But arrests of young people accused of making threats against their schools started well before that incident. Morgan said others were arrested or summonsed into court on Jan. 8 and Feb. 9.

A Canton Repository article also details the Jan. 23 arrest of an 18-year-old Perry High School student charged with felony making terroristic threats after he reportedly threatened to "Columbine" the school. Columbine refers to the April 1999 Colorado school shooting that killed 13 people and wounded more than 20.

He was booked into the county jail because he was over 17. He was released two days later after posting a $2,600 bond pending court hearings, Stark County court records show.

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