Rash of School Shooting Plots Continue (Learn More, Multi-Video)

By Deborah Highland, BG Daily News

Police arrested a Bowling Green High School student Thursday who is accused of plotting a school shooting with other students.

Rosalio Grajeda, 18, 1326 Fair St., faces a felony charge of second-degree terroristic threatening, according to his arrest citation.

“There were others involved, and the investigation continues,” Bowling Green Police Department spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward said.

The other students are juveniles who have not yet been charged with any crime.

“Bowling Green High School stated several students that attend their school were involved in a plan to harm students,” according to Grajeda’s arrest citation.

BGPD Detective Ryan Dillon
BGPD Detective Ryan Dillon

“I interviewed Rosalio Grajeda, who confessed to being involved,” BGPD Detective Ryan Dillon wrote in the citation.

“Grajeda’s plan would have likely resulted in death or serious physical injury to students and teachers at the school.

“He acknowledged there was a plot to cause harm and confessed to researching past school shootings,” according to the arrest citation.

Bowling Green Independent School District Superintendent Gary Fields issued a statement to the media Thursday commending the students who reported the alleged plot.

Bowling Green Independent School District Superintendent Gary Fields
Bowling Green Independent School District Superintendent Gary Fields

“We would like to make you aware of a situation at Bowling Green High School,” Fields wrote.

“Earlier today, concern of a potential threat was reported to administrators by students.”

“The school contacted the Bowling Green Police Department and detectives began an investigation to determine the exact nature of the report.”

“It was quickly determined there was no immediate threat to the students or staff at Bowling Green High School. …”

“The students who reported concerns today did the right thing by providing information to an adult at the school and allowing appropriate investigations to occur.”

Ronnie Ward Bowling Green Police Department spokesman Office
Ronnie Ward Bowling Green Police Department spokesman Office

“It is important for our students and parents to remember that for the safety and security of all individuals in our schools, suspicions or fears should always be reported.”

At the time of Grajeda’s arrest at the school, he wasn’t armed, Ward said. Police do not yet know if he had access to firearms.

“We’re still early in the investigation,” Ward said. “There’s several other avenues we need to pursue.”

Grajeda was booked into the Warren County Regional Jail, where he was being held Friday on $10,000 bond.

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Alder Jr. High Student Arrested for Making School Shooting Threat

By Andrea Chaffin, The Madison Press

Less than two weeks after a school shooting in Champaign County, a 14-year-old student at Jonathan Alder Junior High has been charged for making Instagram posts that threatened a school shooting today.

The post was published about 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening, according to Madison County Sheriff Jim Sabin.

It featured an image of cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants with the words “When you’ve been planning the school shooting for weeks and it’s finally the day.”

The caption read “tomorrow.”

(A 14-year-old boy is still in juvenile detention after posting a school shooting threat Thursday night on social media. Courtesy of NBC4 WCMH-TV Columbus and YouTube)

The sheriff’s office was alerted to the post by district parents whose children had shared the post with them, as well as district officials, Sabin said.

Deputies responded to the teen’s rural Madison County home and took the boy into custody.

Parents of the teen were unaware of the posts but have been cooperative with the investigation, Sabin said.

There were guns in the home, although not the type of assault weapons typically used in mass shootings, Sabin noted.

Madison County Sheriff Jim Sabin
Madison County Sheriff Jim Sabin

“Even though it was a vague threat, it required action to be taken to ensure the safety of students and staff at school,” the sheriff said.

“We’re investigating whether this was done out of frustration, anger or just attention.”

The teen spent the night at Central Ohio Youth Center, the juvenile detention facility in Marysville. He has no prior criminal history.

He appeared in juvenile court Friday morning to face a delinquency count of inducing panic. Judge Chris Brown ordered the teen to go through a mental health evaluation.

The judge also ordered the records sealed to prohibit the release of the boy’s name. The teen is back at the juvenile detention center.

Classes were in session at the junior high on Friday with an increased law enforcement presence to provide reassurance to students and staff.

Plain City police officers also had an increased presence at bus stops in the village Friday morning.

The district sent out a statement via the automated call system to community members on the matter Friday morning.

“We are proud of our students, families, school staff, school administration, law enforcement officials, first responders and community members for how they reported and responded to the threat,” stated Superintendent Gary Chapman.

“We are grateful to our community in working together to ensure one another’s safety.

The same Instagram account also includes references to the Columbine High School school shooting that took place in 1999.

Sabin said the sheriff’s office and the school district worked together to follow all protocols in place. Deputies believe it is an isolated incident, in that no other students were involved.

The investigation is ongoing.

This threat comes two weeks after a school shooting critically injured 16-year-old Logan Cole at West Liberty-Salem High School.

The alleged shooter is a classmate, 17-year-old Ely Ray Serna.

(Teen Ely Ray Serna is charged with attempted murder after school shooting. Courtesy of LOCAL 12 and YouTube. Posted on Feb 2, 2017)

He is facing 13 charges, including two counts of attempted murder and six counts of improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation or a school safety zone stemming from the shooting.

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Furthermore, in September of last year a Simpson County teenager was arrested for his involvement in a plot to blow up a middle school in Kentucky.

Student in custody after shooting and wounding classmate at Ohio high school

Courtesy of Fox News, posted on Jan 

The person suspected of shooting and wounding a student at an Ohio high school Friday morning was a classmate of the victim, the superintendent confirmed.

Kraig Hissong, superintendent of the West Liberty-Salem Local School District, told reporters late Friday morning the shooting occurred as classes began at the school complex roughly 45 miles northwest of Columbus.

The shooter, a 17-year-old senior, used a shotgun and intended to harm more than the student who was hit, Champaign County Sheriff Matthew Melvin said.

A school official said the shooter had no significant disciplinary issues.

“As tragic as this situation is, we are very, very fortunate,” prosecutor Kevin Talebi said.

“It could have been much worse. I’m very, very thankful that, as bad as it is, it didn’t escalate to a much more tragic incident.”

Authorities reported that the suspect was in custody facing a preliminary charge of felonious assault. An initial hearing is scheduled for Monday.

The victim was identified as 16-year-old junior Logan Cole. He was in critical condition after being taken to a Columbus hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Hissong described Cole as a “great student and a real positive person to have in our school system.”

“Our hearts are out with his family right now and with him as he’s trying to recover from this,” Hissong added.

(West Liberty student donates thousands of dollars to school after shooting. Courtesy of 10TV, Minh tran xuan and YouTube. Posted on Apr 8, 2017.)

The shooting happened around 8 a.m. EST on Friday.

Initial reports indicated that the shooter fired through a window at the high school and hit someone in the boys’ bathroom near the science wing.

Hissong said teachers and students followed their emergency training, including barricading themselves in classrooms.

“This is one of those things that you always see happen in places that aren’t near you, and you don’t think it’s going to occur,” Hissong said.

“Of course when they happen closer, such as some of the shootings that occurred within the last year, it helps you take notice and remember that you need to be prepared for a moment like this.”

He added: “I can’t say how pleased I am with how staff and students handled this today.”

Senior Ashley Rabenstein told local TV reporters that she was in class down the hall at the time, and when students first heard an odd noise, they weren’t sure what it might be because construction has been occurring at the property.

She said her teacher checked the hallway, then ran back and said there was a shooter and threw desks against the door to block it.

Students fled through the windows and ran through a cornfield to regroup at nearby houses, Rabenstein said.

“Especially in … such a small town like this where you pretty much know everyone who lives in the town, you just never think that stuff like this is going to happen,” she said.

Hissong said administrators would have to evaluate the situation further before deciding whether classes resume Monday. School activities have been cancelled through the weekend.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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