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.

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