COLUMBUS GROVE — The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says it has identified the individuals involved in the threats toward Columbus Grove students that were reportedly made in Snapchat messages Wednesday night.
According to the sheriff’s office, a call came in Wednesday night from the Ohio school safety tip line about the threats. A post on the Columbus Grove Local Schools Facebook page indicated the threats were prompted by “cruel comments” made by two Columbus Grove students regarding a student from another student during a Snapchat exchange. The sheriff’s office reported the other student was from an Allen County school. The Facebook page stated that friends of that student stated in Snapchat posts they were going to retaliate against the Columbus Grove students. The threatening remarks were made specifically to the students, and there was no evidence of a threat being made to the Columbus Grove student body, according to the Facebook page.
Columbus Grove police provided extra patrols and a presence at Columbus Grove High School Thursday, with help from the sheriff’s office and Pandora Police Department. Patrols continued throughout the day. No incidents were reported.
Deputies discovered the source of the threats from the Snapchat messages after conducting interviews Thursday with students from several school districts, the sheriff’s office reported. Multiple individuals are being interviewed in regard to the threats, according to the sheriff’s office, and the case will be forwarded to the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office for possible charges.
The two Columbus Grove students involved in the Snapchat exchange will be subject to school-related discipline, school officials reported.
The sheriff’s office states it will assist the Columbus Grove Police Department today to ensure the safety of the students and staff.
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