Teen charged with texting threat to Canfield school

The threat caused MCCTC to go on lockdown for a few hours Monday morning

David Pavelko


CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Police have charged a teen with texting a threat to Mahoning County Career and Technical Center on Monday.

David Pavelko, 18, is facing telephone harassment, inducing panic, aggravated menacing and threatened domestic violence — all misdemeanor charges. He is accused of texting a threat that forced a local school into lockdown.

“It was not a student at the school that sent the message, it was received by someone inside the school building. They notified the administration, which is what should happen,” Assistant Chief Weamer said. “It is better to be safe than sorry, and anytime there is a concern about a threat, we’d rather go into lockdown and come out and make sure everything is OK. That is exactly what happened today.”

There were 700 students and 100 adult education students inside the building when it was placed on lockdown. They stayed inside, rather than being evacuated.

On Tuesday, Pavelko appeared in court on the charges.

He originally pleaded guilty to the charges. Ten minutes later, after a conversation with a lawyer, he changed his plea to not guilty.

Bond was set at $100,000, and if it is posted, Pavelko will remain on electronic house arrest.

“The threat indicates he is a danger to society. I just wanted to see that he stay in until he get some help, maybe,” said County Prosecutor Michael McBride.

No pretrial has been set yet.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s