Monitoring requirement changed for East student accused of making school threat

Monitoring requirements have been reduced for a suspended 16-year-old Columbus East student accused of communicating a threat with an intent of causing the school to be evacuated.

The 16-year-old, who was at school Feb. 20, was accused of making a social media threat against East on SnapChat, suggesting that the school would be “shot up” in two days.

That was less than a week after a former high school student in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 people — students and staffers — at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The Columbus teen appeared with family members in Bartholomew County Juvenile Court on Wednesday before Magistrate Heather Mollo, represented by his attorney, Michael DeArmitt. The boy is accused of delinquency by committing intimidation, which would be a Level 6 felony if committed by an adult, court records state.

Mollo granted the juvenile probation department’s request that the teen’s supervision level be reduced from electronic monitoring to home supervision, allowing him to return to his job.

The Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s office had asked that the initial monitoring requirements and rules, as ordered when the delinquency petition was filed, remain in place.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.