An 18-year-old was arrested Monday and charged after police said he made a threat on social media that shut down all Reading schools.
Scott Napier, of Sharonville, threatened “to shoot up a school on Jefferson, it may or may not be in Reading” in a text message, according to court documents.
The Superintendent of Reading Community Schools closed all district schools on Tuesday as a precaution, the district said.
“Last night, an 18-year-old from Sharonville posted a social media threat towards Reading Schools. This individual is not a Reading student and has never been a Reading student,” Superintendent Chuck LaFata said in a statement.
Napier was booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center just after 11 p.m. Monday on charges of inducing panic and drug charges.
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Court records say Napier has a small glass pipe and less than 100 grams of marijuana.
“We are thankful that the police were able to make an arrest so quickly. I cannot praise our students enough for sharing these threats through the appropriate channels. We must continue to work together to ensure the safety of our schools,” LaFata said.
LaFata said parents should reach out to school counselors if their children are struggling.
“We will do everything in our power to make our students feel safe,” he said.