Delaware high school student indicted on obstruction chage

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In a bill of information filed Friday by the Delaware County prosecutor’s office, Troy F. Ferguson, 18, of Delaware, is accused of destroying or concealing evidence or inducing others to help him elude prosecution. School officials learned of the threats after school ended Nov. 7, when two students came forward to say Ferguson had made statements about causing harm to others.

A student at Delaware’s Rutherford B. Hayes High School who threatened to shoot up his school has been indicted on charges of obstructing justice.

In a bill of information filed Friday by the Delaware County prosecutor’s office, Troy F. Ferguson, 18, of Delaware, is accused of destroying or concealing evidence or inducing others to help him elude prosecution.

School officials learned of the threats after school ended Nov. 7, when two students came forward to say Ferguson had made statements about causing harm to others.

The students “overheard four other students talking about a planned school shooting at the school,” the next day. One of the students described a “bloodbath” and warned others “just don’t come to school tomorrow,” according to a criminal filing last month in Delaware County Municipal Court. School officials canceled classes Nov. 8.

Ferguson was found later that day in the North Washington Street home of an acquaintance. Inside his car, parked outside, police found a .22-caliber, semiautomatic handgun, an air-powered pistol, rope, a gas can and a wig and fake beard.

Delaware Police initially had filed a felony charge of inducing panic in Delaware County Municipal Court. The direct indictment is the result of an agreement between Ferguson and prosecutors.

School officials had said that Ferguson faces discipline up to expulsion, pending the criminal charges. He remains in the Delaware County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

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