The Greenfield Exempted Village Schools on Monday became the most recent school district to see classes interrupted by a bomb threat.
A call reporting the incident was received at 1:53 p.m. by the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District, according to public information officer Branden Jackman.
Greenfield Superintendent Joe Wills said that not long before the high school and middle school were getting ready to dismiss for the day, a message was found written on a middle school boys bathroom wall. Wills said the note contained a message about blowing up the school.
Wills said the school’s resource officer was contacted and the high school, middle school and elementary school in Greenfield were all evacuated. The middle school and high school students were dismissed from school at their regular time. Elementary school parents were allowed to come to the school and check their children out early. Wills said those that were not checked out early were dismissed at the regular time.
“We had a lead about some students that were in the area where the note was found,” Wills said. “After some investigation and interviewing several students, we had one student that admitted to it and said that it was a hoax.”
Wills said the student will be disciplined appropriately and that the school district is working with law enforcement authorities to determine what charges should be filed.
Jackman said the school was checked out and turned back over to school officials at 3:30 p.m. He said nothing was found indicating any sort of bomb.
“The students, the staff and the community members handled everything extremely well,” Wills said. “We want to thank everyone involved for their cooperation and understanding of the event.”
Last Wednesday, the Hillsboro City Schools found their first bomb threat this year after having at least five similar incidents last spring. Since that time two juvenile males, one 13 and one 14, have been found to be delinquent children for violating the law against inducing panic in regard to the bomb threats. They were both given a suspended sentence of not less than one year or more in an Ohio Department of Youth Services correctional facility. The sentences also included serving 14 days in a detention center, performing 40 hours of community service, paying court costs, and being placed on community control indefinitely.
Also last Wednesday, a Wilmington juvenile was taken into custody after a bomb hoax at the Wilmington Middle School.
Two weeks ago, the Clinton-Massie schools found a fourth bomb threat in five days.
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