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Threats to Shoot Up Ignite Institute Land Two Boys, 14, in Jail

Two 14-year old boys are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday morning after being taken into custody following alleged threats to Ignite Academy in Erlanger.

The school opened this year.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office reported that a school resource officer was notified by Ignite staff about a threat made by two students.

Both suspects are freshmen at the school. One lives in Taylor Mill and the other in Hebron.

The sheriff's office reported that the Hebron teen showed investigators a Snapchat message sent to  other students that read, "Don't come to school tomorrow." The message was accompanied by emojis showing a green gun and dynamite.

The Taylor Mill teen, investigators said, confessed to making a threat but said that he was joking.

Both teens were arrested Monday and are charged with second degree terroristic threatening and are being housed at the Campbell County Juvenile Detention Center.

"The IGNITE administrative team is cooperating with investigators. We take these threats seriously," a statement from Boone County Schools said. "We have a no tolerance policy for this kind of behavior. The safety of our students and staff is our priority. School did resume today on the normal schedule.

"Mental health is a very important part of the learning and maturing process and an important part of the education curriculum. Mental health issues are at the very root of these behaviors. All of our schools participate in SEL (Social Emotional Learning) classes for all students. Meaning all students participate unless the parents/guardians object. We all also participate in PBIS Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. And we provide mental health therapists at our schools.  When the issues get this bad our therapists ask that they be seen at an advanced level outside our schools."

This is the second set of arrests in three days following charges of threats by teens to local schools. A student at R.A. Jones Middle School in Florence was arrested for allegedly making a threat on Saturday.

-Staff report 

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