A Center Township man in his 20s was arrested Monday for allegedly making a threat against the Butler School District.
Benjamin Jacox, 25, was charged with a third-degree felony count of terroristic threats. He could face up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine. He was being held in the Butler County Prison Monday on $50,000 cash bail.
Jacox is accused of sending an email to local newspaper the Butler Eagle on Sunday threatening that “crimes and shootings will happen at Butler High School.” He said the incidents could happen “tomorrow, next week or next month.”
The school district was notified of the email on Monday and went into a perimeter lockdown of both the Butler Senior and Intermediate high school campuses.
Police used the email address to track down Jacox at his home. According to court documents, Jacox admitted to police he sent the correspondence and that he “knew it was wrong.” He allegedly told police he has anger issues and could see himself hurting someone while in a fit of anger.
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