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Teen charged for trying to blow up Cuyahoga Falls High School property, threatening school in Kansas

Cuyahoga Falls High School
Posted at 1:10 PM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 13:30:59-05

CLEVELAND — A teen from Cuyahoga Falls was indicted Friday on federal charges for allegedly attempting to use an explosive device to blow up buildings associated with Cuyahoga Falls High School.

Allen Martin Kenna, 18, is charged with attempted use of an explosive device and interstate communication of threats, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Authorities say that Kenna attempted to “use an explosive device to damage or destroy buildings and real property associated” with the high school.

He also allegedly called the Fort Riley Sheriff’s Office in Kansas and told them he had a taken a hostage inside an elementary school and would hurt anyone who responded, the attorney’s office stated.

“The indictment alleges that the defendant attempted to construct an explosive device that was to be used in an attack on a local high school,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman stated. “The defendant is further alleged to have engaged in making interstate threats that were directed at another school in Kansas. Law enforcement takes seriously all concerns about potentially violent individuals, but where we have specific, credible threats of violence against the public, especially in our schools, we will act swiftly and with appropriate federal charges.”