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Student arrested for social media threat made against Berea-Midpark Middle School

Berea-Midpark Middle School closed Friday 'out of an abundance of caution' amid a social media threat.

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio — A juvenile student is in custody after being arrested for making a threat against Berea-Midpark Middle School on Friday.

Middleburg Heights Police Chief Edward Tomba told 3News that the student was taken into custody on Friday afternoon and is being processed at the police station before being transferred to Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention.

Berea-Midpark Middle School closed Friday “out of an abundance of caution” amid a social media threat from late Thursday night.

School officials posted details of the situation on Facebook shortly before 6 a.m.

“If you have children in another BCSD school and if you are concerned for their safety, please feel free to keep them home today,” the district said in its post.

The district also said the situation is under investigation.

“Thank you for the caution,” one person wrote. “So sad that these kids have to deal with this stuff. Hope the offender is discovered. Thank you once again.”

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Berea-Midpark Middle School will be CLOSED today, December 10, 2021, out of an abundance of caution due to a social...

Posted by Berea City School District on Friday, December 10, 2021

This comes as other districts within Northeast Ohio have reported recent threats directed at their schools. An "abundance of students" from Stow-Munroe Falls High School stayed home on Friday after rumors of threats made against the school surfaced. Police later found those rumors to be unsubstantiated.

Earlier this week, Elyria City Schools said a student was arrested "in connection with threats that were directed at Westwood Middle School."

Mogadore police in Summit County also said they were investigating a situation this week after their department “was provided a screenshot of a conversation from a student indicating planned violence at the high school.”


Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally posted in an unrelated article on Dec. 9, 2021.

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