Kent high school student reportedly threatened suicide

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published:

A student reported missing from Theodore Roosevelt High School Tuesday afternoon reportedly told family he was going to commit suicide at the school using a shotgun, Kent police said this morning.

Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha said one of the boy's parents, who lives in Streetsboro, contacted Streetsboro police about what the student said in a phone message. The boy, his car and a shotgun were all missing from the house when the parent called police at 2:19 p.m.

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Streetsboro police then contacted Kent police and the school. Superintendent Joseph Giancola said the school administration decided to release the high school students five minutes early in response to the missing child report as an effort to help police search the school.

Through dispatcher followups and record searching, Prusha said, police made contact with one of the boy's other parents, who shared a cellphone number for the student's girlfriend.

The girlfriend told police she had just been dropped off by the boy at her Brady Lake home and he was heading back to the school on S.R. 43.

Police scouring the area around the school found the student driving on North Mantua Street where they conducted a "high risk" traffic stop with multiple officers, Prusha said.

The boy was removed from his car at gun point at 2:44 p.m., Prusha said, and was cooperative with police. He was not carrying a weapon.

He was then taken to the Kevin Coleman Mental Health Center in Ravenna.

No charges have been filed against the student, Prusha said. It's unclear if charges could be filed in the future.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1126 or jnobile@recordpub.com

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