Details: Stark County teen had plans to shoot up, bomb local Synagogue

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A 13-year-old boy has been taken into custody by the Stark County Sheriff’s Office after engaging in concerning conversations on a social media platform. Deputies responded to a Plain Township residence on September 7, 2023, following a report of the juvenile making threats related to the Temple Israel Synagogue on 30th Street NW in Canton.

The digital platform involved in the incident facilitates text, voice, and video communication, with a particular focus on the gaming community. The communication raised red flags, prompting law enforcement to intervene.

According to the initial incident summary from the Sheriff’s office, the threats were to burn and shoot up the Synagogue. When officers arrived to the teen’s home, they discovered plans for the alleged attack and maps of the Synagogue.

The teen admitted to officials that he was a part of multiple Anti-Semitic and Political groups on Discord

After a thorough investigation, the juvenile was arrested and subsequently charged with Inducing Panic (M1) and Disorderly Conduct (M4). Following a consultation with the Stark County Prosecutor, charges were recommended and filed. The juvenile is now held at the Multi County Juvenile Attention Center.

Stark County Sheriff George Maier emphasized the department’s commitment to a zero-tolerance policy regarding threats against the community.

“Every threat is investigated thoroughly with the seriousness it deserves. We work diligently to ensure that those responsible are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” Sheriff Maier stated. “Protecting our community is a responsibility we bear with the highest level of commitment and vigilance.”

The case is scheduled to go to trial in Stark County Juvenile Court on December 20th. The Stark County Sheriff’s Office maintains its primary objective of ensuring the safety and security of all residents. No additional details are currently available.