DELAWARE, Ohio — Delaware police are crediting students who came forward to tell adults what they overheard. Police say it potentially saved lives.
Court documents paint a chilling account of what students overhead at Rutherford B. Hayes High School in Delaware.
The students who came forward saying they heard classmates say not to come to school on Thursday because of a school shooting described as a 'bloodbath.'
Once police investigated - officers determined the comments came from 18-year-old Troy Ferguson, a senior at the school.
"During the contact with the student we were able to obtain information and some evidence that lead us to believe the threat was potentially credible, " Captain Adam Moore with the Delaware police department said.
The court papers show Ferguson admitted policing he made the school threat, but said he was only joking.
The court documents also reveal a search of Ferguson's car found a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun, an air-soft pistol, rope, a gas can, a wig and a fake beard.
Jeff Matthews's step son is a senior who knows Ferguson.
"It's very scary. I've lived here for 54 years. We've never had anything like this before, " Matthews said.
As for Ferguson's background: police say they've never dealt with him before and are not sure what provoked the threat.
That's something they are still investigating.
Classes will resume in the morning.
Police say Ferguson is in a medical facility being evaluated and that he is not a threat to the school.
He's been charged with inducing panic, but a court date has not been set until Ferguson is finished being evaluated.
Police and the School district want to commend the students who came forward.
"This is an example of see something, say something philosophy working. In this situation it potentially kept a lot of people safe," said Captain Moore.