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Proactive Police Head Off School Gun Threat

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Published on Oct 18, 2013

CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- This is a story we've heard before. It involves a bullied teenager and a threat to retaliate at his school, Woodward High School. What we don't always hear is a story that ends like this one. A metro bus driver transporting Woodward students made the call of an assault on the bus Thursday afternoon. But when police got there no one was talking. Until later when a student told a parent what the assault victim said he might bring a gun to Woodward Friday morning. Lt. Col. James Whalen of the Cincinnati Police Department said, If this has to happen this is the way it should go: a student went home and told the parent, the parent told police, the street police told their bosses, the bosses reached out to not only our youth function department but also to the school's principal who got personally involved in very off hours.The strategizing to prevent possible violence at the school began Thursday night. Police interacted with the student at his home. The student was picked up and taken to school Friday morning in a cruiser. Police believe the threat was simply said out of frustration. Lt. Col. James Whalen said he believed this was a situation where the student turned out to be a victim in the end.The investigation continues and the only possible crime now is the assault on the student when he was riding the bus. The students who assaulted the boy who threatened to bring a gun to school could end up facing charges. October is National Bullying Prevention Month. According to a Bureau of Justice Study, one out of every four children is bullied and 85 percent of the time, no one steps in to help.

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