A Perry Local High School student is facing charges after stating he was going to “Columbine” the school, referring to a shooting.
Perry Township Police Chief, Mike Pomesky, confirmed authorities were made aware of the threat just before 2:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and he noted, they acted fast.
“Our SRO began an investigation immediately into that and identified the student responsible for that threat,” said Chief Pomesky.
The student was identified as 18-year-old Quentin Gillmore of Massillon.
Chief Pomesky explained Gillmore made the threat with the purpose of intimidation.
Because the police department promptly responded to the threat the situation was addressed before a lockdown was issued.
Chief Pomesky noted Gillmore was apparently upset over a school project, which lead him to make the threat. He stressed, this was an isolated incident and was not related to anything else that has occurred involving the community.
As for the severity of charges, Chief Pomesky says despite a person’s age every threat like this is taken extremely seriously.
“We do take a strong enforcement stance on these types of issues because you just never know when someone will follow through with those threats,” added Chief Pomesky.
Gillmore has been charged with Making a Terroristic Threat – Felony 3.
The district will be back in session as normal today.
Chief Pomesky added he appreciates the Perry Local School District for their teamwork and assistance while working together to keep schools safe.
Michaela Madison Reporting