An ongoing dispute between two high school-age girls that found new life on Twitter led to an increased police presence at Southeast High School in Palmyra on Tuesday.
Det. Lt. Greg Johnson of the Portage County Sheriff's Office said there were never any direct threats to Southeast High School on Tallmadge Road, or to any students. The boyfriend of one of the girls, a Warren teen, got involved and made some comments that other people "embellished" and took to mean he was coming to the school with violent intent, he said.
A parent of a Southeast student called the Record-Courier on Tuesday to report an alleged threat of a shooting, as told to her by her child. The only mention of a gun was a "veiled" reference to a lyric in a rap song the boyfriend posted online, Johnson said.
Once school officials were informed, they called the sheriff's office, according to Southeast Superintendent Tom Harrison. Deputies also kept up a presence at the school at the end of the day Tuesday, he said.
Johnson said the investigation is continuing, but he does not expect charges unless the Portage County Prosecutor's Office recommends otherwise.
"The school took appropriate action," Johnson said. "Nothing was directed at taking any action at the school."
Harrison said the sheriff's office determined the threat was of a "low threshold," and that he did not use the schools' "robo-call" system to alert parents for just that reason.
"When you have something like that, it's important to rely on the law enforcement people to assess the threat and how severe it is," he said. "If the same thing happens again, we will get the police involved again."
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