Suspect in custody after threats made to Washington Local School - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Suspect in custody after threats made to Washington Local Schools

(Source: Washington Local Schools) (Source: Washington Local Schools)
TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) -

A 16-year-old female Whitmer student is in custody and charged with Making Terrorist Threats after making a threat to Whitmer High School on Snapchat on Thursday night.

The messages read, in part, “I want at these kids at WHS to know who I am all this talk about shooting and no one is about doing it but I am watch out Whitmer tomorrow gonna be a movie.”

Toledo Police and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated the threats which led to the arrest.

Washington Local Schools announced the closing of three schools Friday due to the threat. 

Whitmer, Jefferson Junior and Washington Junior High were closed on Friday.

At 3:45 p.m. on Friday Superintendent Susan Hayward released an update on the threat on Facebook and Washington Local School's website.

Hayward says a search warrant was issued on the student's home where police found evidence.

She also reminded students that fake accounts can still be traced back to computers from which they were sent.

Washington Local Schools' events will return to normal on Sunday. Numerous events including a scheduled basketball game and dance had to be canceled on Friday.

Gabe Flatheverhard, a sophomore at Whitmer, said he's glad the school is taking the threat seriously. 

"It's very nice to know that the schools aren't going to just push it by and say, 'Oh it's fine, it'll be whatever', because when that happens, if it does happen, then it's really bad," Flatheverhard said. "If there's any small threat, obviously they're going to have to close everything down for any small risk, because small risks do matter."

WLS principal Kristie Martin said on Twitter than all campus events and activities are also canceled for Friday.

The men's basketball games against Lima Senior have been rescheduled for February 26, according to the Lima Senior Athletics website. The freshman/junior varsity game will start at 4:30 p.m, and the varsity game will tip off at 6 p.m.

Whitmer's Turnabout dance is also canceled. The school will work on rescheduling the event if possible, but if not, students who purchased tickets will receive a refund. 

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