2018-03-07 / Front Page

Pettisville Student Taken Into Custody After Allegedly Making Threats

 A student at Pettisville Schools was taken into custody after allegedly making threats to others on a Pettisville School bus Wednesday, March 7.

 Matt Smithmyer, Fulton County Sheriff Department chief deputy, said the student, a 14-year-old boy from the Tedrow area, allegedly told another student to meet him in Tedrow. The boy allegedly told a second youth he would kill him or her.

 Smithmyer said based on times given in the report, the threat was allegedly made on the way home from school. FCSD deputies were notified of the incident about 8:30 pm. Deputies conducted an investigation, then took the boy into custody at his residence later that night. He was transported to the Four County Juvenile Detention Center.

 The charge against the boy is juvenile delinquency by way of aggravated menacing.

 In a press release issued Friday, March 9, Steve Switzer, Pettisville School District superintendent, said school district officials were notified of the incident. 

 Switzer said he issued an instant alert to all parents of Pettisville students on Thursday morning, March 8, stating, "We were notified by the Fulton County Sheriff's office last night that one of our students had made a verbal threat against others.

 "After an investigation, that student is now in custody. There are no other outstanding issues, and we expect to have a typical school day."

 He said the school district had excellent cooperation from staff, students, parents, and the sheriff department, "as we have worked through this issue.

 "The district requested an increased police presence both in and around the school on Thursday. The day was uneventful. Attendance was normal," Switzer said in his release.

 He said the district is conducting its own investigation of the situation, including reviewing video from the school bus, and talking with students, parents, and law enforcement officers.

"While the investigation is still ongoing, the district has discovered no credibility to the likelihood of threats being carried out. 

"We continue to seek and maintain a safe and secure environment for the children and staff of the school district," Switzer said.

Smithmyer said the FCSD report indicates no weapson were involved, "but any threats like that are going to be taken seriously, because of the nature of the threats, and the world that we live in."–posted 4;25 pm Friday, 3.9.18

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