An East Toledo man faces one count each of aggravated menacing and attempted inducing panic charges after allegedly posting a message on a Facebook page that threatened fans, players, and the coaching staff of the Lake High School football program.
Lake Township police said a recognizance bond for Robert J. Eye, 33, Mott Street, has been issued by Perrysburg Municipal Court that prevents him from going on Lake school property or having contact with district personnel or students.
The message, posted after the Lake Flyers lost to the Northwood Rangers by a score of 70-26 last weekend, reads:
“Attention all former present and future Lake football fans players or coaching staff: if you have the courage to not have killed yourself already please consider doing so as Northwood the scab of the Earth has scored not one but ten touchdowns on your god forsaken team. If You fail to do this God will surely punish you by desecrating your school in another fall tornado. If that doesn’t work I will hunt you down personally and kill you. Youre (sic) all welcome!”
Mark Hummer, township police chief, said Eye is a graduate of Genoa High School and claimed the message was only meant to be a joke.
But police are taking the matter seriously, the chief said.
“There is too much stuff going on to not take this seriously,” he said. “We will follow up and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. Threatening schools, students, and teachers is not a laughing matter.”
Eye voluntarily appeared at the township police station Wednesday and was served the bond, the chief said.
An arraignment hearing will likely be scheduled for this week, he said.
Jim Witt, school superintendent, said his office was made aware of the Facebook posting and turned the information over to the police department.
For the Flyers, it was the first home game since the new Lake High School building opened last month.
A June 2010 tornado destroyed the former high school and students for two years had been attending classes at a leased facility on Tracy Road.
The Flyers opened the 2012 season with a lopsided road win over the Swanton Bulldogs.