Stow teen facing felony charge for threatening graffiti at high school

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Stow police have arrested a 15-year-old Stow boy in connection with threatening graffiti found on a bathroom stall at Stow-Munroe Falls High School earlier this month.

The teen is facing a charge of inducing panic, a second-degree felony. According to a police report, the youth was arrested on May 9 at the high school and released to his mother. His case has been sent to the Summit County Juvenile Court.

According to the police report, the youth was one of several students who were interviewed by police. Record Publishing Co. generally does not publish names of juveniles who have been arrested.

High school principal Chris DiMauro said administrators and the school resource officer had been alerted to the word "bomb" written on a stall in a boys restroom, followed by the date "5-7-14," on May 5.

DiMauro said a student brought the graffiti to the attention of school administrators. Stow and Munroe Falls Police Departments maintained an "increased presence" at the high school after the graffiti was found. School remained open throughout that week and classes continued on schedule.

Sweeps of the building by K-9 units from the Summit County Sheriff's Office on subsequent mornings revealed no problems.

Absenteeism increased over those days, DiMauro said, and some students were given excused absences.

"Our goal is to balance the difficult task of not overreacting with the diligence necessary to keep our students safe," DiMauro told parents in a phone call on May 5. "We do not tolerate these actions and are aggressively pursuing information leading to the person responsible."

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