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KHS senior arrested for threatening to shoot students

KENTON — An adult Kenton High School student has been charged with inducing panic at the school Thursday.

Kenton Police Department records indicate Derick Shane Craig was arrested at his home Thursday night after he allegedly threatened to shoot students during a class. The report indicates psilocybin mushrooms and firearms were seized from the home at the time of the arrest.

Principal Rick Abbott said classes began as usual Friday morning. The staff was closely monitoring the hallways and school grounds, but reported nothing unusual.

Abbott said Craig, a senior, was not a discipline problem at the school and in his discussions with the student, there was never any indication he was unhappy with the school or the students in the district.

He said Craig was not in the building Thursday when a student reported to the office that Craig had threatened to shoot fellow students during a class. School officials talked to the teacher of the class and some of the students who were there when the incident allegedly occurred and received conflicting stories, Abbott said.

Abbott said the school planned to involve the police in the investigation, but before that could happen, rumors began circulating on social media about what had taken place.

According to the police report, a parent came into the station at 10:49 p.m. to report hearing about the threats. The threats, according to the report, were supposed to have taken place between noon and 1 p.m.

At that time, Vermillion said, he was contacted by Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski about the same time a parent was coming to the station to report hearing of the incident.

Despite the late hour, officers interviewed students who were in the classroom and determined the threat was credible, then officers went to Craig’s home and interviewed him, resulting in his arrest.

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