Teen charged after threat at Berlin school

February 16, 2018 07:17 PM

BERLIN - Lewis Yerdon, Jr., a student at Berlin High School, stayed home on Friday.

"Some dude snap-chatted a gun I guess. That's all I know," said Yerdon, Jr.

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That's part of the story being shared among his friends. He's on edge, worried about his safety two days after 17 people were shot and killed inside a school in Florida. His father, Yerdon, Sr. said he and his wife made the call to keep their son home.

"Safety, just in case. Better safe than sorry with all these whacks going around," Yerdon, Sr. said.

They said many  parents are doing the same thing after receiving a message from the school district about the incident yesterday. The voice message said in part:

"This afternoon we received information about a possible threat to the middle high school. The police were immediately notified and responded to the school. At this time the Sheriff's department continues to investigate. But we are confident that your children and our staff are safe," the voice said.

Police said it all stems from a conversation between students in the cafeteria about the Florida school tragedy. They said a 17 year-old made a disturbing comment. Another student posted it on social media. School officials got word of it and called police. The student who originally made the comment was arrested and charged with falsely reporting an incident, creating public alarm. There was a bigger police presence at the school Friday morning. It was an effort to make students and parents feel more comfortable, according to police.

"That's kind of crazy. How many school shootings have we had? 18 right? In like 45 days, which is absolutely nuts. Kids need to calm down.

Yerdon, Jr. said he felt better staying home and hopefully things will calm down next week.

"With all the crazy stuff that's going on lately, just pretty much in America. I'm not hearing about any of this in any other continents or countries. For American kids, I would just stay home and just not go to school," he said.


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