LORAIN — Police charged an Elyria man Wednesday with making threats on his Facebook page to shoot Lorain schoolchildren, leading to an increased police presence in city schools.
Brandon Green, 35, of Elyria, was arrested on an outstanding contempt of court warrant and booked just after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Lorain County Jail, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. He was being held without bond pending an initial appearance in court scheduled for Thursday morning.
A charge of inducing panic was added later, and Lorain police spokesman Capt. Mike Failing said in a press release that officers “are looking into additional charges.”
The incident began Wednesday when Lorain police received tips on their anonymous tip line about “some disturbing Facebook posts” Green was making on a Facebook page using his own name.
Included was a post stating “Do Not Send Kids to School n Lorain,” and others reading “I’m gonna shoot them all 100%” and “yes” in response to a question about whether he actually wanted to shoot children, Lorain police alleged.
Lorain police officers were dispatched to the city’s schools, and the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force activated. Elyria police soon located Green in their city and he was arrested without incident.
Sarah Egan-Reeves, communications coordinator for Lorain Schools, told the Chronicle-Telegram early Wednesday that there was an increased police presence at the district’s schools, but there were no incidents.
“It was over and done pretty quickly,” she said.
Green’s past criminal record includes charges of failing to pay child support and multiple incidences of contempt of court, according to sheriff’s office records.
The Lorain Police Department “encourages citizens to continue to speak up and utilize our anonymous tip line to report criminal activity in our community,” according to the press release.
Anonymous tips can be submitted at www.lorainpolice.com/submit-a-crime-tip. Emergencies and emergencies or crimes in progress should be reported by dialing 911.