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Bellevue High student suspended indefinitely for making alleged threat

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BELLEVUE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

On Tuesday, the Bellevue Police Department charged a 16-year-old Bellevue High School student for inducing panic and disorderly conduct after school officials were tipped off about possible threats.

At the beginning of the school day, police say two students alerted school staff of statements made by the teen about threats referencing the high school, explosive devices and other dangerous articles.

"They seemed to be pretty sincere and scared that something could possibly happen. There wasn't a specific threat to the high school," said Det. Eric Burt with the Bellevue Police Department.

Police say since there was no specific threat mentioned, the entire student body was safe and secure.

They still took the claim seriously. Without initiating a lockdown, police were able to search the student's locker. The student was called out of class to the principal's office, questioned, and arrested without incident.

According to police, rural areas are often where you hear about these sort of threats becoming a reality.

"That's one reason that these two kids who initially reported it were so scared. They're used to the fact that these things do happen in smaller towns. We have to be just a vigilant as [police] are in bigger cities," explained Chief Mark Kaufman with the BPD.

The BPD commended the high school staff for its swift and professional actions handling the claims without causing panic.

A search warrant was executed at the student's home shortly after, but police say no explosives or explosive making materials were found. However, a couple of items were taken as evidence, including a laptop and the student's cell phones, which will be sent to the crime lab for examination.

The student in question is suspended indefinitely.

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