Charges dropped in Elyria school threat case

Posted at 11:32 AM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 14:48:40-04

One Elyria High School student was taken into custody Monday night after he posted a picture of a 'device' on his social media accounts and threatened to place the object inside the school, Elyria police said.

Authorities were alerted to the post after they received a bomb threat call around 9 p.m. from multiple individuals. It was the second threat police received in the last week. 

Police, fire and K9 units searched the high school Monday night but didn't find any bombs or explosives.

At this time it's still undetermined if the post and phone calls are connected. 

Captain Chris Costantino, of the Elyria Police Department, said the student behind the post was questioned in the bomb threat from last week at the high school.

He called the timing of the post and threat 'coincidental.'

Police recovered the student's device and discovered there was no mechanism allowing it to be explosive.

"It was not any type of explosive device but it certainly could have been construed, by looking at it that it could have been," Costantino said. "It had wires and lights. It certainly looked the part."  

The male student was originally charged with making terroristic threats and inducing panic but those charges have since been dropped. They could be re-filed at a later date.

Armed officers were stationed at the high school Tuesday as a precautionary measure. 

Costantino said he wanted the students to know they're safe, but to also send a message about the seriousness of the threats.

"I think a message is going to be sent and I think they're going to understand very quickly the magnitude of this problem and the trouble they're going to be in," he said. 

Elyria Police are working with the Cleveland FBI to determine whether there is a connection between last week's threat and the call received last night.