Crime / Courts

School Threat Brings State Attention

Nikki Blankenship
Scioto County Candor

After a teenage girl was arrested for making terroristic threats to several Scioto County schools, Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced that the Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) will step in to track threats made online.
Scioto County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Feb. 22 stating that they had several calls from parents concerned about sending their children to school after screenshots of a posts sent under the name Brie Savage circulated across social media. The posts threatened shootings at several schools including New Boston, Portsmouth, Clay, West and Waverly.
A release from DeWine’s office explained that BCI cyber crimes and criminal intelligence analysts worked with law enforcement to identify where threats were coming, which ultimately led to the the arrest of the minor female, who was charged with five counts of inducing panic and one count of making terroristic threats.
“Early last evening the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, the Portsmouth Police Department, and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and the New Boston Police Department received calls from concerned parents about a social media post from a Snapchat account in the name of Brie Savage. The post stated that New Boston, Portsmouth, Clay, West and Waverly Schools better watch out that someone was coming to shoot people at the schools,” DeWine’s office stated Thursday.
According to the Attorney General’s release, it was Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader who called in the assistance of BCI.
“BCI personnel were able to trace back the Snapchat account to an address on State Route 23 in Portsmouth,” DeWine’s office explained. “Scioto County Sheriff’s Office detectives along with the Portsmouth Police Department responded to this location at 1:40 a.m. where two juveniles were detained for questioning as a result of this investigation.”
Additional information gathered by BCI was also given to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office to help with a separate investigation of school safety threats.
“We all take the safety of our students very seriously. Through the quick work of our cyber analysts, we were able to get critical information to local law enforcement that helped them make an arrest, and avoid a potentially terrible situation,” said DeWine. “I want to take this opportunity to remind law enforcement across Ohio that BCI is available 24/7 to help with cases like this when requested by local law enforcement.”
“The quick work of BCI and all of our law enforcement partners helped avoid a potential tragedy,” Reader stated in the Attorney General’s release.
Local law enforcement can request the assistance of BCI for investigative help 24/7 by calling 855-BCI-OHIO.

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