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PD: Bomb threat empties West Chester school

Posted at 6:20 PM, Sep 28, 2015

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Authorities are investigating after a called-in bomb threat prompted the evacuation of Endeavor Elementary School late Friday morning.

West Chester police Capt. Brian Rebholz told WCPO news partner the Journal-News that the department is investigating the call but cannot confirm the gender or age of the caller, nor what the message said.

The West Chester Fire Department responded to the school’s campus on Smith Road shortly after 11:30 a.m., to evacuate the building of students and staff.

One parent, who spoke with the Journal-News, said the district alerted parents there had been a bomb threat called in to the school around 11:10 a.m.

An automated call was placed to parents around 12:45 p.m. instructing them where to pick up their children.

Around 1 p.m., crews began escorting students were moved from the elementary school to nearby Lakota West High School’s freshman campus to wait for parents to retrieve them for the day.

Police dispatched bomb-sniffing canines for the investigation, which is still ongoing.

WCPO news partner the Journal-News contributed to this report.