Meridian teen charged with having sword, hatchet in his car at school

A Meridian 18-year-old was arrested after he reportedly made social media threats to a fellow student and police found a hatchet and a sword in his car at the school parking lot, KIVI-TV, Channel 6 reported Friday.

Police received an anonymous tip Thursday that Liam Steinebach had threatened physical harm to a student at Central Academy via social media, Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea told KIVI-TV.

Later that morning police and school officials located the weapons in Steinebach’s vehicle in the parking lot at the school on Locust Grove Road, Basterrechea told KIVI.

“The sword measured three feet, eleven inches long, so it was a pretty big sword,” Basterrechea told KIVI. “But here’s no indication at the point if he intended to use the weapons in connection with the threat."

Steinebach was booked into the Ada County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of possessing weapons on school property and later released.