Ohio Boy Gets Probation for Making School Threat

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NEWARK, Ohio (AP) – An 11-year-old central Ohio boy has been put on probation for typing a threatening, racist message on his elementary school’s computer that appeared on all students’ screens.

The sixth-grader from Newton Elementary School near Newark, about 30 miles east of Columbus, entered the juvenile court equivalent of a guilty plea this week to a delinquency count of inducing panic.

The threat was discovered on Sept. 21 in the form of a computer icon that appeared on all students’ desktop screens. According to a detective’s statement, the icon read: “the school will die I bring a boom and kill blacks.”

The boy admitted that he wrote it, saying he never intended to cause harm. He will be on probation indefinitely.