A Greenfield teenager that admitted responsibility for a bomb threat hoax that saw the evacuation of the Greenfield schools campus on Oct. 3 is heading to the Miami Valley Juvenile Rehabilitation Center.
The 14-year-old male, who has been in detention since the incident, was in Highland County Juvenile Court on Wednesday and admitted to a charge of inducing panic. Because the offense occurred at a school, what is typically a misdemeanor offense is a second-degree felony.
According to the complaint as read by judge Kevin Greer during the hearing, on Oct. 3 the 14-year-old admitted to writing the bomb threat on a bathroom wall of the high school and said he was sorry. He said he did not intend to place an actual bomb anywhere. Rather, he just wanted out of school for a few days. The threat stated that the school would be bombed on Oct. 4 or 5.
Greer, as recommended by the state and agreed to by the defense, ordered the 14-year-old to a period of time at a treatment facility, though how much time is up to Miami Valley personnel.
Greer said the facility will notify the court when it is believed a juvenile has successfully completed their treatment.
The judge said if the teenager goes to Miami Valley “with the right attitude, a cooperative attitude, a learning attitude,” then he will do well at the treatment facility.
“You made a really bad mistake,” Greer said. “You know that, admitted that. Learn from it.”
The teenager also has a suspended commitment to the Department of Youth Services (DYS), which is the prison system for youth. The commitment will remain suspended so long as the teen successfully completes his treatment, and as long as he obeys all laws and orders of the court, Greer said. The DYS commitment is for a minimum of one year and a maximum of until the juvenile turns 21 years old.
This was the second reported bomb threat in Highland County schools this school year, with the first happening at Hillsboro City Schools in late September. The Hillsboro schools had at least five similar threats last spring.
In another hearing, a 13-year-old male admitted to domestic violence and will be heading to a treatment facility.
According to the complaint as referenced by Greer during the hearing, the teenager more than a month ago physically assaulted a caregiver in response to being punished.
The 13-year-old admitted that was true. He has been in detention since the incident, and on Wednesday the judge said the teen would remain in detention until going to the facility.
On another matter, a bench warrant was issued when a 17-year-old female who failed to appear on a matter in which she is charged with truancy.
Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.