TPD investigating man after he allegedly threatened to shoot TPS high school

TPD investigating man after he allegedly threatened to shoot TPS high school
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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - A man is in custody after allegedly threatening to shoot up a Toledo Public High School.

Christian Costet, 20, was arrested just before 5 p.m. on Monday. TPD said he sent a group of friends a video holding guns and claiming he would "hit up" Waite High School on Tuesday.

It was a concerned Waite High School parent that brought the information to the attention of TPD late Monday afternoon.

Detectives immediately took a look at the messages that were exchanged between Waite High School students and the suspect on Facebook Messenger.  Officers and the SWAT team were tasked with getting Costet into custody before this threat could possibly play out.

Toledo Public schools are unable to confirm if the suspect was a student at Waite or any other TPS school.

Costet was questioned by TPD, and police say there are no other threats to students and staff at Waite.

In addition, a spokesperson for TPS said school is scheduled to resume Tuesday as planned. Toledo police were at the school as extra security for students and staff.

"Thank you to that parent who 'saw something say something.' It is more then  just a phrase. It's a way to keep our community our school our students safe," said Todd Deem, Waite High School's principal.

The parent who did notify police said this is something he does not want credit for.

"And the heroes in this are my children if it wasn't for them saying hey dad did you see this nothing would have been done its just about communication," the parent said. "I've had pizza take longer to get to me then it took cops to get to this gentleman. They did an awesome job they deserve the credit ."

Police are warning anyone interested in joking about school threats to think twice, as Costet is now facing a felony charge.

"Whether the kid was serious or not,there was a threat out there and i am not going to take anything lightly," said TPD Chief George Kral.

Costet  was charged with inducing panic, which is felony offense. He also is being held on a $50,000 bond. He is ordered to have no contact with the school.

Even though Costet has no prior record and could have been released from jail while awaiting his trial, the judge said in light of what happened in Florida, she takes this seriously and gave him the maximum bond.

Costet appeared in court for preliminary hearing on February 27. He has been indicted on inducing panic.

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