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Student who threatened Edgewood City Schools arrested

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Posted at 7:46 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 15:32:38-04

TRENTON, Ohio — All classes at Edgewood City Schools were canceled Wednesday morning after a student threatened to “shoot up the school,” director of public relations Pam Pratt said.

Authorities arrested the student who made the threat. The Butler County Sheriff Office also investigated the rumored involvement of a second person but found no evidence to support it.

Pratt said deputies alerted the district early Wednesday morning that an Edgewood High School freshman and another unidentified person made the threat against the school online late Tuesday night. An individual saw the threat and reported it to authorities.

Deputies needed more time to conducted a further investigation about a possible second person involved, said Pratt, so the school's administration decided to cancel Wednesday classes out of "an abundance of caution to keep all our students and staff safe."

Some Edgewood Middle School students were already on buses when officials canceled school at 6:35 a.m. These students were kept in a secure location under lockdown until parents picked them up. The district said all were safely reunited with their parent or guardian.

Pratt said the school district appreciates the quick actions of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

“We have so many students within this district that we want to keep safe, and their actions certainly have allowed us to ensure that today,” Pratt said.

All Wednesday after-school activities will take place as scheduled.