Student Charged With Threatening Hilliard School Shooting Released While Case Is Pending

Apr 20, 2017

John Staley III
Credit Hilliard Police

A judge has ordered the release from prison of the Hilliard teen accused of planning a shooting at Davidson High School.

16-year-old John Staley III is on electronic monitoring at home while his case is pending. The judge will hold a hearing on May 25 to decide if Staley should be tried as an adult. He was arrested last October when authorities discovered the shooting plans, which included efforts to recruit other students. Investigators uncovered online chats in which Staley used racist language against African-Americans and Jewish people.