Teen ordered held pending evaluation

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A judge ordered the Bellefontaine High School student who made a threatening online video to remain in custody pending a psychological evaluation.

Alex Stewart, 16, appeared in Logan County Juvenile Court on Friday afternoon on a delinquency inducing panic charge. Judge Dan Bratka ordered him to continue to be held in the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center pending the evaluation, Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart reported.

The teen allegedly threatened to harm himself and others in a video in which he displayed an airsoft AK-47 replica with the orange tip painted black that was posted to YouTube on Thursday evening. 

Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department acted quickly to identify Alex as the suspect in the video and took him into custody without incident at his 725 Euclid St. home Thursday evening.

He was questioned in the presence of his parents and reportedly admitted making the video as a “joke.”

Determining there was no credible threat to student or staff safety, the city schools remained opened Friday.