NEW MIAMI, OH — Surprising and disappointing are the two words New Miami Local School Superintendent David Gibson used after two students allegedly made threats against the school.
“Safety is about proactive parents, kids and teachers, you know, where they let us know the threat exists before so we can find a solution to that,” Gibson said.
According to police, those threats were made on Facebook. Gibson said a teacher noticed them and alerted the principal.
The Butler County Sheriff’s Department was quickly notified and took over the investigation. The girls, ages 14 and 15, were removed from class and taken into custody.
Investigators said the 14-and 15-year-old girls posted information describing their dislike with the school and the people there, and referenced a “shooting spree.”
“In the news release it’s very similar, dissatisfaction, dislike of some of the student body, made some threats after that point,” Gibson said.
One parent doesn’t believe the threats are real.
“I’ve known one of the girls forever and she’s a sweet little girl. I hate to see her go through this and I don’t think she meant it at all,” Danny Rapier said.
Rapier said he coached one of the teens since she was six and said she’s best friends with his daughter. He understands the school’s actions but also feels for the teen and said she wasn’t capable of carrying out the threat.