Boardman Schools investigating Twitter threat

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The day before spring recess is normally pretty quiet for the Boardman Local School District, but not on Thursday.

Boardman police said someone created a fake Twitter account, which they used to post inappropriate comments and a threat to some high school students. That prompted the district to bring in extra police protection Thursday morning.

“The threat was if you turn me in for these comments I’m making, if you turn me in, and get me expelled, I will put a bomb in your car’,” Boardman Schools Superintendent Frank Lazzeri said. “When you have students driving to school, probably a third of our students drive to school, and one student says ‘I’m going to put a bomb in your car,’ you have to take that seriously.”

Police called Lazzeri around 1 a.m. Thursday to tell him parents informed the department about the online activity. Lazzeri said it began earlier in the week with non-threatening, but inappropriate, comments about students.

“As I learned more, it was not a real student’s account. It was an anonymous account or a fake account,” he said.

Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols said police are conducting interviews with parents and students.

“Hopefully, we can come up with the proper information to lead us to where these messages originated from,” Nichols said.

Police are trying to track down the location of the computer or phone that was used that could lead them to a physical address. Nichols said he would like that information before students return from break on April 13.

“I would hope by then that we have some subpoena work back and we show up at somebody’s house and knock on their door with a search warrant and say we’re here to take your computer and then we will be able to file criminal charges and arrest somebody for it,” Nichols said.

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