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Police: Fairfield City Schools threat originated outside Ohio

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Posted at 5:20 PM, Dec 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-09 21:39:18-05

FAIRFIELD, Ohio — Police in Fairfield said a threat toward Fairfield Freshman School originated outside of Ohio.

Fairfield City Schools sent an alert to parents Tuesday detailing precautionary steps the district would take to keep students and staff safe after threats circulated on social media. The Fairfield Police Department ramped up patrols at all district campuses starting Wednesday while investigating the threat.

Officials announced Thursday the only threat directed toward the district came from outside the state.

"Although the investigation is ongoing, we have been able to determine that the original threat posted on social media originated from outside of Ohio," police said in a release. "At this time, we are still working to determine who is responsible for the threat and why they specifically chose Fairfield."

Police Sgt. Brandon McCorskey said Wednesday the district would increase patrols to ensure people at all district schools feel safe.

“We have a really good working relationship with Fairfield City Schools in Fairfield Township,” McCorskey said. “The two elementary schools, we work very closely with them. We're increasing our presence. We want to be seen. We went the students and the staff to feel like they are safe and to know that we are here.”

Police say any and all threats like what happened Tuesday are always taken seriously.

“If something doesn’t look right or seem right, we want you to say something,” McCorskey said. “We would rather follow a hundred different leads and end up nowhere and end up not being credible than not follow up on that lead that results in another Michigan. That is what we don’t want.”

The threat is not the first or last threat toward Tri-State schools this week. Reading Community City Schools canceled classes Thursday after a student allegedly threatened the district. Police arrested a 13-year-old who allegedly threatened to stab a classmate and shoot up the school.

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