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Man accused of inducing panic at Western Hills High School

A Cheviot man is charged with inducing panic for making threats inside his daughter's classroom at Western Hills High School. The man apparently implied that he had a gun. (WKRC)

WESTWOOD, Ohio (WKRC) - A Cheviot man is charged with inducing panic for making threats inside his daughter's classroom at Western Hills High School.

38-year-old Deandre Dukes pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday morning.

Police say Dukes entered his daughter's classroom Wednesday claiming his daughter was being harassed, lifted up his jacket and some students say they saw a gun.

But Dukes' lawyer said there was no gun, that Dukes went through a metal detector and signed in at the school office.

"This doesn't make any sense judge, the concept of having a weapon. He went through a metal detector, checked in with the office, showed an ID and was escorted up to the room. He categorically denies there was a gun involved. He doesn't even own a gun," said Defense Lawyer Stephen Madden.

A school spokesperson also said there was no gun and that Dukes went through the normal security screening, created a scene in a classroom and was escorted out but tried to come back into the school and was arrested.

The prosecution said that even without a gun, it was still serious.

A judge set bond at $5,000 and ordered Dukes to stay away from the school.

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