Ohio middle schooler suspended for threats to Muslim student

A Vandalia Butler middle school student could be expelled after police say he threatened to shoot and kill a fellow student who is Muslim.

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton-area middle school student could be expelled after police say he threatened to shoot and kill a fellow student who is Muslim.

According to the police report, the seventh grader called the boy, ”the son of ISIS.”

2NEWS spoke with the victim’s mother about the incident.

“We are Muslims. We teach our kids to be good Muslims, to help, to not kill, to be nice to all the neighbors and all the kids in school,” said the victim’s mother.

For her 12-year-old, one kid in school wasn’t nice to him.

According to Vandalia Police, they were on the bus when another 12-year-old called him several racial slurs and blamed him for the collapse of the Twin Towers. Police say the older boy threatened to bring a gun to school to kill him.

“So mad. It upset me, because he didn’t know us. We’ve lived here for 11 years, and we’re always nice to everybody. We always try to help anybody. We teach our kids to be good, educated people,” said the mother.

Morton Middle School Principal Shannon White says the safety of all students comes first, and threats involving harm to others are not taken lightly.

Vandalia Police arrested the boy and charged him with aggravated menacing and ethnic intimidation. He could be expelled from school.

“In situations dealing with harassment threats, any type of student safety concerns our superintendent usually disciplines to the furthest extent of the law,” said White.

The principal said the incident helps remind students to respect one another and to celebrate differences. The victim’s mother wants the community to learn another lesson.

“When they see the media, or something on TV of some killer, know not everyone is a killer. Not everyone in our religion is a killer.” she said.

The student accused of the threats is now suspended. An expulsion hearing will be held this week.

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