BLHS student in custody for threat

EAST LIVERPOOL – A 17-year-old Beaver Local High School student is in custody at the Tobin Attention Center after allegedly posting a threatening message on social media Monday.

According to St. Clair Township police, another student saw the post, which said, “Don’t come to school tomorrow,” and depicted a person holding an assault weapon identified as an AK-47. The picture was not of the suspect student, according to detectives.

The girl who saw the message took a screen shot of it and showed it to her mother, who in turn made Superintendent Eric Lowe aware of the threatening message.

“Eric immediately contacted us,” Detective Sgt. Brian McKenzie said.

The county prosecutor’s office was contacted and it was recommended the teenager be taken into custody, which took place at his home.

It has not yet been determined what charges will be filed against the student, detectives said, adding he offered no reason for the alleged posting.

Police said that, with the student in custody, they believe any threat has been eliminated but officers will be at the school this morning and throughout the day just to make their presence known.

McKenzie said, “There was great cooperation with the parents and school. Chief (Donald) Hyatt has made it clear we won’t tolerate this stuff.”