Teen charged with texting threat to Canfield school

The threat caused MCCTC to go on lockdown for a few hours Monday morning

David Pavelko

CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – Police have charged a teen with texting a threat to Mahoning County Career and Technical Center on Monday.

David Pavelko, 18, is facing a number of charges, including inducing panic. He is accused of texting a threat that forced a local school into lockdown and appeared in court Tuesday afternoon.

“It was not a student at the school that sent the message, it was received by someone inside the school building. They notified the administration, which is what should happen,” Assistant Chief Weamer said. “It is better to be safe than sorry, and anytime there is a concern about a threat, we’d rather go into lockdown and come out and make sure everything is OK. That is exactly what happened today.”

There were 700 students and 100 adult education students inside the building when it was placed on lockdown. They stayed inside, rather than being evacuated.

On Tuesday, Pavelko pleaded not guilty to the charges. Bond was set at $100,000, and if it is posted, Pavelko will remain on electronic house arrest.

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