CCSO, CM officials: CMMS student made threat; in juvenile detention, faces expulsion

By John Hamilton -

A seventh-grade student is in a detention facility and faces expulsion after officials say he made threats against students at Clinton-Massie Middle School.

At noon on Oct. 7, Clinton County Sheriff’s deputies received a report of a student making threats to “shoot up” the school.

According to the sheriff’s office incident report, deputies spoke with the Rachel Cornett, Middle School Dean of Students, who advised students came to her office and advised that the suspect said if another student didn’t go on a date with him, “he would shoot up the school” and he’d “shoot students until she did.”

According to the report, the suspect asked another student if they had a gun. A female student said she heard the suspect say if she didn’t date him he’d “shoot up the school” and other kids made fun of her because the suspect liked her.

Both students advised they believed the suspect would go through with it.

According to the report, Cornett said she spoke with the suspect, who denied making the comments. A deputy contacted with the Clinton County Juvenile Prosecutor and advised her of the situation, who advised them to have the suspect in court in the afternoon for a detention hearing.

Deputies spoke with the suspect’s mother, advising her about the threats and that the suspect would be taken into custody. When asked if the suspect had access to weapons in the house, the suspect’s mother advised he didn’t. The suspect again denied making the threats when interviewed by the deputy.

According to the report, “he said the kids at the school didn’t like him and that’s why they said it.” The suspect’s mother told him that “she didn’t believe that and stop using that as an excuse.”

She advised she was with the suspect when kids were trying to get him to join the band.

The dean of students advised the suspect was suspended for 10 days with the recommendation for expulsion. The suspect was transported to the juvenile court.

The suspect was remanded to the West Central Detention Center until his next hearing.

It was found that he would have access to firearms at his grandmother’s house where he was living, the report stated. The suspect said to the deputy, “Sorry, I forgot about their guns,” according to the report.

Clinton-Massie Superintendent Matt Baker told the News Journal the suspect’s expulsion hearing will take place “very soon.”

Baker also advised the school used its One-Call system to notify parents and guardians about the potential threat and assured that no one was in danger at any time.

“They were also made aware that the student has been removed from the building with pending discipline,” he said.

Sheriff’s reports

The following information comes from incident reports provided by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office. All those arrested are presumed innocent until possibly found guilty in court.

• Deputies responded to an alleged overdose death at the 2700 block of U.S. 22 West in Wilmington, Union Township, at 8:09 a.m. on Oct. 10. An adult male resident is listed as the victim and was listed as having “other major injuries.” No further details were listed.

• At 8:49 a.m., deputies arrested two male subjects who allegedly broke into a business on U.S. 22 East in Sabina and stole two company vans. The vehicle had GPS in them which allowed deputies to know where they were. The vehicles and suspects were located in Greenfield.

• At 11:52 a.m. on Oct. 11, a 67-year-old Sabina male reported an employee of his stole a vehicle of his at the 6500 block of Prarie Road in Sabina, Wilson Township. The vehicle stolen was a blue 2005 Ford van.

• At 4:45 p.m. on Oct. 13, deputies were informed three unknown subjects broke into the house — 3500 block of State Route 729 South in Sabina — and stolen some items. The report lists a box full of Legos as one of the stolen items. A 41-year-old Hillsboro male is listed as the victim.

• At 9:11 p.m. on Oct. 11, a 28-year-old Middletown female reported four Mitsubishi tires and two additional car tires were stolen at the 5700 block of State Route 350 West in Clarksville.

• At 1:54 a.m. on Oct. 11, during a traffic stop around State Route 350 West in Vernon Township, deputies located a metal container with unknown pills in the driver door. The vehicle was originally stopped for having no rear lights.

• At 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 10, deputies received a report of a horse at the 1-99 block of West Main Street in Martinsville, Clark Township, that had gotten out six times within the last four mounths.

By John Hamilton

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