MOUNT VERNON — Two juveniles who made threats against their schools have been released from detention and placed on house arrest.
In separate hearings Friday, Juvenile Court Judge Jennifer Springer ordered a 17-year-old female Fredericktown High School student and an 11-year-old male Mount Vernon Middle School student be returned to their home environments on “strict” house arrest. Springer said the terms of house arrest includes both children being fitted with electronic ankle monitors and remain within arm’s reach of a parent or guardian.
Both children were ordered to stay 1,000 feet away from schools and are barred from possessing weapons. No weapons are permitted in their homes.
The boy has completed a mental health assessment and diagnosed with ADHD and bipolar disorder, according to statements in court Friday. The girl’s parents scheduled a mental health assessment, but the girl was not able to attend because probation staff were not able to provide transportation, Assistant Director of Juvenile Probation Melinda Marmet said.
Springer ordered the girl’s parents to schedule a mental health assessment as soon as possible.