Two Copley High School students are both suspended for allegedly making threats to the high school's marching band through social networking.
Copley Police Chief Michael Mier tells AkronNewsNow.com Copley-Fairlawn School officials learned of the alleged threats before school started Friday morning.
"During their communication, one of the students posted a picture of a firearm, which he claimed to be real," Mier said
The two young men allegedly said they were going to blow up the band during tonight's home game between Copley and Orrville.
Students approached school staff and administration alerting them to the posts. Both students were pulled out of class and interviewed about the situation.
Chief Mier says the students indicated they weren't serious, but school and police officials took the matter very seriously.
"Because of the way they displayed this and because of the comments they made, we believe these communications made on Facebook did cause alarm and concern and made the threats appear real," he said.
Both students are 15 years old, and are sophomores at the school.
Chief Mier says that while both police and school officials believe no one was in any real danger, parents and kids need to keep a close eye to what gets posted on social media.
"Conversations that take place on social media can be mistaken or can appear threatening in nature," Mier said.
"Parents should be very careful and try to monitor the activity their children are engaging in on Facebook and other social media sites."
The teens are both being charged with making false threats, which will go through the Summit County Juvenile Court process.