Warren Township girl charged with making Facebook threat
By Ed Runyan
A 16-year-old Warren Township girl was released from the Trumbull County Juvenile Justice Center on Monday morning on house arrest after reportedly making a threat against a LaBrae High School teacher and others on Facebook on Friday morning.
The girl, who is not being identified by court officials, reportedly commented that she was “going to school and go fail some important tests, kill my geometry teacher, then kill every annoying ... at my school.”
School officials learned of the comment and notified Warren Township police, who arrested the girl Sunday afternoon.
She spent Sunday night and early Monday locked up at the juvenile detention center before her detention hearing Monday.
She is charged with a first-degree misdemeanor of inducing panic, punishable by 90 days in the juvenile detention center.
Stanley Elkins, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor in the juvenile justice center, said the matter is being handled as a serious threat.
“We have to take these seriously, and we’re going to take the most extreme measures to stop these,” he said.
“We can’t predict who’s going to make these and carry them out. We’re taking every threat as a legitimate threat. We’re not going to be in the business of being a mind reader as to whether you’re going to carry it out or not.”
Under the terms of her release, she is allowed to go to school or work, but she will need to have a parent with her to go anywhere else, Elkins said.
She returns at an unspecified date for an arrignment hearing.
Leland R. Fritz, III, 19, of South Leavitt Road, Leavittsburg, was arraigned last week in Warren Municipal Court on a misdemeanor inducing panic charge after he, too, was alleged to have made threatening remarks on Facebook last week.
Police said Fritz posted a comment Tuesday afternoon in response to complaints by a female friend about the way students at Champion High School were treating her.
The comment attributed to Fritz was “looks like I’m gonna go jail, and the population of the school will decrease.”
Fritz later said he was “just trying to stick up for his friend” and he “didn’t mean anything by it.”
Fritz and the female friend are both students at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center in Champion.