An Update on Recent Threats at KMS

Please be advised that the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department (SCCRPD) has provided the following update regarding recent threats made against Kennett Middle School (KMS).

The Southern Chester County Regional Police Department would like to update the public with the status of the investigation regarding the individual responsible for threats of violence against Kennett Middle School over the past several weeks.

Search warrants and court orders provided police with an address located in Ravenna, Ohio. Further investigation revealed the same address, phone number and associated IP addresses were used to threaten violence in over 30 similar incidents across the United States.

The individual responsible has been identified as a 12 year old male who resides in Ravenna, Ohio. Due to investigative efforts made by SCCRPD detectives along with other law enforcement officials in Ohio, the juvenile was taken into custody and interviewed by detectives, resulting in a full confession surrounding the threats made towards Kennett Middle School and the other incidents similar in nature and context. Additionally, Ohio officials have executed search warrants at the home and have seized all electronic devices used by the juvenile to commit these crimes.

Investigators from all law enforcement agencies involved continue to gather and share information. Once that information is reviewed and shared with the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, appropriate criminal charges will be filed by this department.

SCCRPD received assistance with this investigation by the Chester County District Attorney’s Office and the following Law Enforcement Agencies in Ohio: City of Hudson PD, Ravenna City PD and Portage County Sheriff’s Department.

Kennett Consolidated School District officials and administration have been patient with and have had continued communication with police throughout this investigation. SCCRPD is proud to have a continuing partnership with the District that enhances the commitment to safety and wellbeing of students and staff.

Police urge parents to be mindful of and to monitor their children’s activity and involvement in online gaming and all social media outlets. If anyone possesses information about any of the incidents mentioned above, please contact Detective Rich Townsend at 610-268-2907 ext. 108 or rtownsend@sccrpd.org. Lt. Greenwalt may also be contacted at ext. 103 or jgreenwalt@sccrpd.org.

The Kennett Consolidated School District would like to sincerely thank SCCRPD and all of our local law enforcement agencies for their partnership in keeping our students and staff safe.

As always, those with questions are invited to contact KCSD Communications Specialist Nikki Laws at nlaws@kcsd.org or (610) 444-6646.