Turpin High School student arrested and threatened to ‘shoot multiple students’: court documents
CINCINNATI (WXIX) — An 18-year-old Turpin High School student is under arrest after saying he was “going to shoot multiple students,” according to the court filing.
Forest Hills School District officials said the student, identified as Amdebreahn Malede in the criminal complaint, made threatening statements while riding a school bus and no one was injured.
Malede caused “serious public alarm by threatening to commit a violent offence,” Forest Hills School Resource Officer Corporal Ryan Wolf wrote in the teenager’s criminal complaint.
Malede, 18, of Anderson Township, was arrested early Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of inciting panic and taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center just before 10 a.m., jail records show.
His lawyer told the court on Friday that Malede was bullied on the school bus by another student.
The lawyer said that was when the 18-year-old “lost his temper”.
Hamilton County Assistant District Attorney Chris Wood told FOX19 NOW what followed.
“[Malede] then made comments about making a bomb and blowing up the bus,” Wood said. “According to witnesses, he then said he was going to get a gun and intended to shoot several students on the bus.”
The Turpin High School student‘s bond was set at $100,000 at a hearing on Friday.
If Malede can pay 10% of that amount, he will be released from jail, but he will have to wear an electronic monitoring device, ordered Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Tyrone Yates, according to court records.
The judge also banned Malede from going to school and taking the bus.
“Acting in a way like this can change your life,” said former Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge John Williams. “It can change the lives of others around you, and it can change your life in very meaningful ways.”
Hamilton County District Attorney Joe Deters said threats against the school, whether made in jest or not, will not be taken lightly.
“Under no circumstances will these threats be tolerated,” Deters said. “I ask parents to speak to their children now about the seriousness of the situation. Because at the time the charges are due, we’re not going to entertain the idea that a statement like this was made as a joke. We will pursue your child to the fullest extent permitted by law.
FOX19 NOW has reached out to the Forest Hills School District for comment.
They declined to comment on the disciplinary action due to student privacy laws and provided the following statement:
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