Advisory from the Columbia Township Police:
“At approximately 4:20 P.M. on Thursday, January 26, 2017, Officer Justin Shadis was dispatched to the Columbia Central High School Fitness Center for a fight between several students (three high school and two junior high students). Thanks to the intervention of three Columbia School District staff members, the impact of the altercation was minimized.
“Officer Shadis arrived and obtained relevant information, and contacted the Jackson County Youth Center requesting that one of the students be lodged. This was declined. He continued his investigation and learned that one of the students had been making threats to shoot up the school and burn it to the ground.
“He again contacted the Youth Center regarding the threats by this student, and was given authorization to lodge him at the Youth Center, which has since been done.
“The report on the incident will be completed and forwarded to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for review of charges related to the altercation, as well as regarding the student lodged for making the threats against the school. All the students involved are juveniles, and accordingly their information will not be released.
“Although the student lodged for making the threats against the school had no readily apparent means to carry out such a threat, these incidents are always taken seriously, and prosecution will be sought in each case where this happens. Any potential threat by this student has been mitigated by lodging him at the youth center.
“All the students involved in these incidents have been suspended from school.