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Gahanna School Leaders Say Students Helped Defuse Potential Threat
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Gahanna school administrators credit student twitter and facebook posts for exposing a potential threat. Classes resumed today at Gahanna Lincoln High school after the Columbus bomb squad checked the building.
16 year old Gahanna-Lincoln student Spencer Pearson faces felony charges of inducing panic after he allegedly tweeted and posted weekend YouTube videos that scared students and parents. District spokesman Michael Straughter says the timely response was possible, in part, because of the actions of other students.
“What we really emphasize here in the district is what’s called digital citizenship. So we really emphasize that. In fact, a lot of our teachers actually incorporate facebook and twitter as part of their lessons as to how we communicate with students and their parents.” Says Straughter.
Once the district and Gahanna police were notified of the disturbing posts, detectives used a search warrant to seize computer and other electronic equipment. Straughter says in addition to the crminal charges, Spencer Pearson, also faces unspecified school disciplnary action.