Text message threat at school leads to charges

Two students received threatening text messages from an anonymous sender at Amelia High School Feb. 2, which led to the arrest of a 16-year-old male student.

According a press release from Superintendent Dr. Gary Brooks, the two students received the text messages at approximately 10 a.m. during school.

The students contacted Amelia High School Principle Keith Hickman and Student Resource Officer Ryan Patton. Officer Patton immediately alerted the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department.

“We are attempting to trace the text messages with the objective of identifying the sender,” Sheriff Tim Rodenberg wrote in a press release later that morning. “No evidence has been discovered nor has there been anyone or anything found that verifies or supports the content of the text messages.”

At approximately 1:30 p.m. Sheriff Rodenberg sent out an update that said a 16-year-old male suspect was identified, is in custody and charges were filed at Clermont County Juvenile Court.

“The Clermont County Sheriff’s Department has dramatically increased their presence on the Amelia High School campus as a precautionary measure, due to the electronic threat to ensure the safety of our students,” Superintendent Brooks said.

He said students were dismissed at the usual time Feb. 2 and officers will remain on campus as the investigation continues.

“Administration is working closely with the sheriff’s office to proactively resolve the issue,” Superintendent Brooks said.